Monument record MRM 172 - Late Bronze Age to Roman Occupation at East Anglia One Area 28, Land to the South of Martlesham Creek

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Summary

Late Bronze Age to Iron Age pits and enclosure and Roman enclousre and occupation at East Anglia One Area 28, Land to the South of Martlesham Creek.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 2644 4662 (142m by 81m)
Map sheet TM24NE
Civil Parish MARTLESHAM, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Archaeological Excavation of site 28a of the East Anglia One Offshore Windfarm project revealed a multiple phase site with Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Medieval and Post Medieval evidence. The Late Bronze age to Early iron Age was represented by the creation of a rectangular enclosure on the plateau towards the centre of the site, enclosing multiple phases of pit clusters and a further phase of the previous identified pit clusters. In the first pit cluster a large assemblage of charred wheat grain with pottery of Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age date being recovered.

The Middle to Late Iron Age was represented by three pits with adding a further phase to the multi phase pit cluster at the southern margins of the site with sherds of Middle to Iron Age Pottery being recovered. A decline in activity was observed on the site from this date which may indicate decline and eventual abandonment.

The Roman period was represented by the creation and renewal of an enclosure with three sub phases characterised by ditches. The first ditch associated with the creation of the enclosure measured 4m by 0.28m by 0.17m. A recut of the ditch indicated a renewed boundary extending to the north on an north-west to south east alignment across the centre of the site. This was interpreted as demarking an agricultural enclosure , with the final ditch mirroring the previous ditch in extent. A cluster of three probable waste or storage pits were identified. The features were dated by pottery dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Nicholson, M, & Lotherington, R.. 2019. Archaeological Evaluation - Sites 28 a, Land south of Martlesham Creek, Suffok, Post Excavation Assessment.

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Protected Status/Designation

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Record last edited

Sep 29 2022 3:23PM

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