Ipswich UAD child record record IPS 1067 - Building 0062

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Middle Late Saxon Sunken Feature Building


Grid reference Centred TM 1655 4422 (6m by 5m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

This sunken featured building was over 4.3m east-west (the east end lay outside the excavated area), 4.8m north-south, and 90cm deep. A continuous foundation trench (0126, 0128, 0248, 0251), varying in depth between 35cm and 45cm below the floor, surrounded the edge of the three exposed sides. It varied in width from 80cm on its southern side (0251), to only 40cm on the west (0248). No evidence for posts in the slots was observed.
A number of post holes were found cutting the base of the cellar, nine of which (0122, 0123, 0124, 0129, 0132, 0133, 0135, 0137, 0138) ran parallel and close to the inside edge of the northern slot (0128). A fine layer of sand, level with the base of the cellar, sealed posthole 0123, and indicated the only surviving traces of a floor surface on the base of the pit. It also indicated that at least some of these post holes may have no longer been serving their original function well before the final phase of the structure. Some of these post holes (0122, 0123, 0124, 0129) were fairly large and the outline of a post was recorded within 0129. Although post holes 0122 and 0123 might conceivably have formed the north end of a partition, of which no other evidence survived, a structural purpose is more likely.
On the north side of the pit, and north of foundation trench 0128, was the start of a sloping entrance (0136), truncated to the north by EMED pits 0042 and 0057, and flanked by post hole 0121 on the east side and 0125 and 0131 on the west side. A thick sloping clay layer, covering 0125 and a part of slot 0128, suggests a modification of the cellar entrance.
The cellar pit did not cut any other MLS features, but did cut ELS pits 0118 and 0127. The cutting of the in-filled building by MLS pit 0220, suggests that abandonment took place before the end of the tenth century, (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Wade, K. 2014. Ipswich Archive Site Summaries, Site Name: Smart Street.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

May 2 2017 3:22PM

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