Ipswich UAD child record record IPS 1258 - Well 0258

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Early Late Saxon Well


Grid reference Centred TM 1652 4430 (2m by 2m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

The pit for well 0280 was circular, 2.5m in diameter and 1.3m deep. Below the local water-table at, c. 1.75m OD, there was a circular wood-lined shaft, 70cm deep and 60-80cm in diameter. It comprised seventeen separate staves (8-20cm wide) held together by a wooden band around the outside. Four of the staves had circular holes in them but it could not be ascertained whether they were artificially bored or natural knot holes. Slightly above the height at which this woodwork survived, and nearer the edge of the pit, there was a straight piece of wood lying horizontally and implying a change to a wider, square shaft in the upper section of the well.
Analysis of the timbers yielded a dendro date of after AD 861 and one of the well timbers gave a C14 date of 830+/-70 AD (HAR-2764), confirming the ELS dating, (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Wade, K. 2014. Ipswich Archive Site Summaries, Site name: 15-17 Lower Brook Street.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

May 19 2017 9:29AM

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