Monument record RKN 011 - Calke Wood (Sax)

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Summary

Calke Wood is a multi period site consisting of an area of hollows of varying sizes and depths, many of which contain features.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 0223 7483 (255m by 306m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM07SW
Civil Parish RICKINGHALL INFERIOR, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Calke Wood is a multi period site consisting of an area of hollows of varying sizes and depths, many of which contain features. The area is encompassed within an earthwork, possibly Med boundaries, and has been used extensively as a source of pottery clay throughout the settlement periods and into modern times. Calke Wood had been kept under excavation by Basil Brown for IPSMG since the mid 1930's with excavations by him from time to time and in 1956 an excavation on behalf of MOW was undertaken by J S Wacher. This site has obvious connections with the Cottage Field site, Wattisfield, WSF 001 and Foxledge Common, Wattisfield, WSF 003, with the parish boundary running between them (S1)(S2).
Basil Brown reported finding pagan Sax pottery in various hollows and there are 4 sherds of pagan Sax pottery held in the archive. A pottery discoid weight (loom or spindle) from a black ash layer is held at IPSMG, which he found during his 1946 excavation. When a sewer trench was dug at Calke Wood pre 1965, he reported the find of an iron dagger, which may possibly have had a wooden hilt and thought this may have come from a Sax burial - no further information, although Sax burials are recorded on field between Calke Wood and Walnut Tree Farm, see RKN 012 (S1)(S2).
See also other periods cross referenced below.
(S1) See below.
(S2) IPSMG, map M6, plans M104,M132,M140,M142,M143

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B,I,1,1a,5,7-10,12,14,15,17,37,40-3,53,62,65-122,131-187;IV,2-11, 15,18,41-62,70-6,83-105,119-.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volumes, card index, map, site plans 14,25.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: site plan, section (B Brown 1953).

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Jun 15 1988 12:00AM

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