Monument record SUP 034 - Medieval Roadside Settlement at Land west of Thorney Green Road.

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A system of ditched enclosures and associated pits indicating a medieval roadside settlement.


Grid reference Centred TM 0609 5965 (82m by 96m)
Map sheet TM05NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Medieval roadside settlement represented by a system of ditched enclosures and associated pits, with some shallower ditches that might have partially defined building plots. The site was located to the west of the historic route between Stowmarket and Thorney Green. A domestic finds assemblage included mostly coarseware pottery of 11th-14th century date, some lava stone quern fragments, animal bones (Cattle, pig sheep/goat) and other food waste such as charred grains of wheat and barley.
Evidence of butchery was observed in a cattle ulna fragment with multiple chop marks which suggests that carcass dismemberment and portioning occurred in the area. Types of pottery include a storage jar rim of abraded Thetford-type ware dating 10th-11th century, body sherds of Early medieval ware and Shell-and-sand-tempered ware dating 11th-early 13th century as well as body sherds/base/rim fragments of Medieval coarseware of later 12th-14th century date.
Environmental samples were taken which provided evidence for cereal consumption on site, and the charcoal fragments indicate that areas of oak woodland were being exploited for fuel, as well as open and riverine areas as field maple and poplar/willow were present (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Archaeology South East. 2017. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Land west of Thorney Green Road, Stowupland, Suffolk.

Finds (4)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 15 2019 3:32PM

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