Monument record BSM 008 - Possible cursus, Smallbridge Farm

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Parallel lines circa 30m apart - possible cursus monument.


Grid reference Centred TL 9188 3325 (244m by 108m)
Map sheet TL93SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Parallel lines circa 30m apart. E end with rounded corners. ? Entrances on E end, N & S sides. Possible cursus (S1)(S2)(R1). Surrounds ring ditch BSM 009. Extraction pit (oldish) has presumably destroyed west end which curiously shows on 1975 AP when the pit appears to be in existence though this had become overgrown on later APs.
1976: Described as Parallel ditches c.20m apart. Intersects at right angles, a narrow oval enclosure (?a long barrow) (S6)(S7).
190+m by 22m, form B [squared end, though E end definitely has rounded corners] (S5).

Also see BSM 010, 011 (?long barrows).

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <R1> (No record type): Colchester Archaeol Group, Bull 14, 1971, 7, 8, map 5.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: (S1)(S2)(S3).
  • <S1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP, AP BXA 96.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, APs AED 1, 13.
  • <S3> Photograph: Essex County Council. Air Photograph. Essex C C, AP, CP/97/11.18, June 1997.
  • <S4> Article in monograph: JD Hedges & DG Buckley. 1981. Springfield Cursus and the Cursus Problem. fig 5.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Loveday R. 2006. Inscribed Across the Landscape: The Cursus Enigma. 210,fig 28.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Martin, E.. 1976. Prehistoric Crop-Mark Sites in Suffolk.
  • <S7> Unpublished document: Martin, E. A. and Plouviez, J.. 1978. Prehistoric and Roman Cropmark Sites in Suffolk.

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Record last edited

May 1 2018 2:21PM

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