Monument record SPT 058 - A Bronze Age ring ditch and a late Saxon enclosure, Land of Loraine Way, Sproughton, Ipswich (MGS) GEO

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Archaeological evaluation identified a Bronze Age ring ditches, a late Saxon enclosure and former medieval boundaries.


Grid reference Centred TM 1230 4519 (171m by 336m)
Map sheet TM14NW


Type and Period (8)

Full Description

The northern part of the site was found to contain a series of silt-filled palaeo-channels, which can be traced on the results of the previous geophysical survey, alongside a medieval ditch and two undated pits. The southern half of the site contained a ring-ditch representing the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow, alongside two ditches that may form part of a possible late Saxon enclosure system. A large 12th century medieval ditch was also found within this area, which might be related to a former boundary along the back of the nearby Sproughton Hall. The trenches along the far southern end of the site contained a series of 19th and 20th century rubbish pits possibly associated with the houses which line the north side of Lower Street. Several undated pits and postholes and an undated ditch were also found (S1).

A fluxgate gradiometer survey was successfully completed and anomalies of possible archaeological origin were detected. The geophysical results primarily reflect natural soil/geological variation and modern activity, however possible archaeological activity is reflected in the presence of a C-shaped anomaly of 23m diameter, which may reflect the presence of a ploughed out barrow or ring ditch (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: Fortuny, M. & Brown, H.. 2017. Geophysical Survey Report of Land off Lorraine Way, Sproughton.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Boyles, P.. 2018. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Land off Bramford Road, Sproughton.

Finds (10)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Oct 10 2022 2:18PM

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