Site Event/Activity record ESF19999 - Palaeoenvironmental assessment, Priory Stadium, Sudbury, 2007

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Grid reference Centred TL 8706 4082 (260m by 159m)
Map sheet TL84SE



Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental


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A series of cores were taken during evaluation of the site. The fieldwork identified a stratigraphic archive consisting of alluvial clays and silts, with occasional layers of organic rich silts, sands and peats, with at least two phases of in-situ organic accumulation. A palaeochannel may also be present within the deposits, and may reflect an earlier channel of the River Stour (S1). Pollen and beetle assessments were carried out supported by radiocarbon dating to provided a chronology for the sequence. An initial phase of organic sedimentation was found to have occurred in a lagoonal floodplain setting of the River Stour c. 11000 BP, during the Windermere Interstadial. A shift to minerogenic floodplain sedimentation than occurred and it is believed to have dominated depositional conditions until the late Iron Age, c. 2100BP, after which a return to organic sedimentation is recorded. Pollen and beetle assessments suggest that this second phase of in-situ organic accumulation occurred in response to gradual infilling of an abandoned river channel. The pollen suggests that the area around has been largely open grassland since the Iron Age, with evidence of pastoral and arable cultivation (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: Hill, T. and Jolliffe, C.. 2007. Priory Stadium, Sudbury: a palaeoenvironmental assessment of deposits encountered during ground investigations.
  • --- Unpublished document: Hill T, Gearey B, and Tetlow E. 2007. Priory Stadium, Sudbury: a palaeoenvironmental assessment of deposits from the floodplain of the River Stour.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Priory Stadium Sudbury (Monument)

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Apr 6 2011 1:19PM

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