Monument record HBK 064 - Later prehistoric field system at Ipswich Road
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 1701 3712 (166m by 363m)|
|Civil Parish||HOLBROOK, BABERGH, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (11)
- PIT (Unknown date)
- LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
- DITCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- POST HOLE (Early Iron Age - 800 BC? to 401 BC?)
- BOUNDARY DITCH (19th century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
- DITCH (Early Neolithic to Early Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 401 BC?)
- PIT (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
- PIT (Early Neolithic to Early Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 401 BC?)
- DITCH (Unknown date)
- FIELD SYSTEM (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- DITCH (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC? to 409 AD?)
2016: An archaeological evaluation revealed a series of ditches and pits across the site. It is likely that most of these features are prehistoric in date. The ditches form a pattern across the site with a NNW-SSE or WSW-ENE alignment in most cases, suggesting that they may be contemporary. These features suggest a presence of an extensive field system with the possible presence of a trackway. None of the pits displayed an obvious function although one did yield fragments of Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Beaker. A field boundary ditch corresponding to 19th century mapping was also identified (S1).
Septmeber 2016: Excavation identified and recorded Late Neolithic/Early bronze Age 'Beaker' settlement n the form of a pit cluster, with other possible dispersed pits nearby. Some of the Beaker pits yielded baked clay fragments, which may be indicative if limited pottery production in the locale; however these objects could also be the re-deposited remains of a domestic eharth. Thee was also evidence that flints and stones had been burnt or heated, although the precise reason for this remains unclear Evidence for available food items was present in the form of charred hazel nutshells and barley grains. A co-axial ditches field system, which included part of a droveway, is likely to be later than the Beaker settlement acticity. Due to a lack of securely styartified aretfactual material and poor stratigraphic associations, the ditches remain poorly dated, however a limited amount of pottery from the ditch fills along with their general layout suggests that they could possibly be of Iron Age/Roman date (S2).
Included in the Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History annual round up of individual finds and discoveries for 2018. (S3)
- <S1> SSF56989 Unpublished document: Wroe-Brown, R.. 2016. Archaeological Evaluation: Land on the East side of Ipswich Road, Holbrook, Suffolk.
- <S2> SSF58728 Unpublished document: Hood, A.. 2017. Archaeological Excavation + Post Excavation Assesment: Ipswich Road, Holbrook.
- <S3> SSF59230 Article in serial: Minter, F., Rolfe, J. and Saunders, A.. 2019. Archaeology in Suffolk 2018, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History.
- FSF43655: POTTERY (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF43656: POTTERY (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)
- FSF43657: POTTERY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF43658: FLAKE (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF43659: LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF43660: PANTILE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF43661: FIRED CLAY (Unknown date)
- FSF43662: PIPE (SMOKING) (18th century to 19th century - 1700 AD to 1899 AD)
- None recorded
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (3)
- Event - Intervention: Evaluation - Land on the East side of Ipswich Road, Holbrook (Ref: OASIS-archaeol6-258591) (ESF24369)
- Event - Intervention: Excavation - Ipswich Road, Holbrook (Ref: OASIS-foundati1-308745) (ESF24702)
- Event - Intervention: Geophysical Survey - Ipswich Road, Holbrook (Ref: OASIS-gsbprosp1-255661) (ESF24191)
Record last edited
Nov 4 2019 11:08AM