Monument record BLN 016 - Rectangular enclosure with trackway of unknown date.
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 5069 9596 (406m by 301m)|
|Civil Parish||BLUNDESTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (11)
- RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
- BUILDING? (Unknown date)
- RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
- RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE (Medieval to IPS: Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD?)
- BUILDING? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
- BUILDING? (Medieval to IPS: Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD?)
- TEMPLE? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
- WATCH TOWER? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
- SIGNAL STATION? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
- BOUNDARY DITCH (Unknown date)
- BOUNDARY DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD?)
Rectangular enclosure, circa 40m x 30m with trackway, on different alignment, to NW, possibly linked by cropmark (S1). Trackway may join cropmark complex, BLN 007.
January 2014. Lothingland, Lowestoft and North Suffolk Coast and Heaths National Mapping Programme.
The cropmarks and soilmarks of possible square earthen enclosure or stone-built structure of uncertain date or archaeological significance, are visible on aerial photographs (S3-S5). The site is centred on TM 5070 9598. Possible interpretations include a Roman temple or watchtower and/or signal station, or possibly a later medieval or post medieval enclosure or industrial site. Although no such site is depicted on depicted on the 1652 Estate Map of Somerleyton (S6). Further investigation of this site and any associated surface material is required for the interpretation to be refined.
The site consists of a 40m across enclosure that exhibits evidence of both bank and ditch construction or feasibly some stone-built components. Internal subdivisions, a possible small circular structure or ditched feature and an angular banked or stone structure and/or platform are apparent. Possible associated boundaries and fields are also visible around the enclosure. The enclosure itself and the boundary ditches are not aligned the same as the surrounding fields, but do reflect that of parts of the cropmarks to the north (BLN 007), thought to be of Roman or later date.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 15thJanuary 2014.
- <S1> SSF11744 (No record type): NAU, AP, TM 5096/L/AMD15, 12/7/1978.
- <M1> SSF37965 (No record type): AP: NAU TM 5096/L/AMD15.
- <S2> SSF50106 Photograph: Air Photographs. NAU, AP, TM 5096/ HXT12 & 13, July 1996.
- <S3> SSX55025 Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1636 RS 4124-5 09-JUL-1946 (EHA).
- <S4> SSX55025 Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photograph. Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Airmap71 51 51718362-3 28-MAR-1971.
- <S5> SSX55041 Oblique Aerial Photograph: Oblique Aerial Photograph. NLA 9952/TM5096L 12-JUL-1978 (EHA).
- <S6> SSX55044 Map: 1652. 1652 Estate Map of Somerleyton.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Sep 18 2014 3:25PM