Monument record BLN 030 - Cropmarks of an enclosure and fields, possible later prehistoric to Roman date

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Summary

The cropmarks of a rectangular enclosure and associated fields and boundaries of unknown, but possible later prehistoric or Roman date, are visible on aerial photographs. Other enclosures and trackway/field systems within this area, such as BLN 047and COR 003, follow a slightly different alignment and may represent a different phase of activity, however without further dating evidence or surface artefacts, a broad date of later prehistoric to Roman should be applied to all of them.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 5244 9722 (729m by 1069m)
Map sheet TM59NW
Civil Parish BLUNDESTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (9)

Full Description

A dispersed group of linear cropmar enclosures & possible pits (S1).

January 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
The cropmarks of a rectangular enclosure and associated fields and boundaries of unknown, but possible later prehistoric or Roman date, are visible on aerial photographs (S2-S6). The site is centred on TM 5240 9717.
The main component of the site is a relatively broad-ditched rectangular enclosure at TM 5226 9730, measuring approximately 83m by 75m, and with evidence of internal subdivisions and an annex. Other enclosures and trackway/field systems within this area, such as BLN 047and COR 003, follow a slightly different alignment and may represent a different phase of activity, however without further dating evidence or surface artefacts, a broad date of later prehistoric to Roman should be applied to all of them.
It is worth noting that this site includes cropmarks that are likely to represent several phases of activity, some of which may be medieval to post medieval. It is not possible within the current project scope to attempt to refine the phasing of these fragmentary and overlying field systems. The site has also been extended to the south to include some additional undated, dispersed and fragmentary cropmarks.
The pits described above were not included within the mapping due to uncertainty over their archaeological origin and the constraints within the current project scope and timetable. Possible additional cropmarks were visible on thewestern edge of the site on (S7), but were not inlcuded within the mapping.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 3rd January 2014.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Photograph: Air Photographs. NAU, TM 522 973, HXW 3, 2 July 1996.
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/LA/27 RP 3090-3093 05-AUG-1944 (EHA).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/58/T/5378 F21 0107-0108 09-AUG-1962 (EHA).
  • <S4> Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service NLA TM5297/367/HXW3 02-JUL-1996.
  • <S5> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Airmap86 42 4386183-4386284 01-AUG-1986.
  • <S6> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery TM 5297 03-AUG-2007 (INFRARED).
  • <S7> Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. CUCAP BQE 87-88 02-JUL-1974.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 18 2014 2:51PM

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