Site Event/Activity record ESF20149 - Excavation, Land off Bures Road, Great Cornard

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Location COG 025 Land off Bures Road, Great Cornard
Grid reference Centred TL 888 395 (94m by 69m)
Map sheet TL83NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



An archaeological excavation was carried out on land off of Bures Road, Great Cornard in advance of the relocation of Sudbury Rugby club grounds in May 2007. The excavation has identified evidence of funerary activity in the Bronze Age period, with a possible earlier phase of occupation in the Mesolithic/Early Neolithic. Features identified consisted of a sparse scatter of pits lying adjacent to a small ring ditch with central pit. A small finds assemblage, predominantly consisting of struck flint, indicated that activity on the site was not domestic in nature. Although no human burial was identified the ring ditch and pit are clearly related to the wider landscape of Bronze Age funerary activity that is known in the vicinity, with several ring ditches, originally identified by aerial photograpy, lying immediately to the north-west. Recent excavations by SCCAS in 2009 of two of these large ring ditches, on the former rugby pitch, also identified another example of a small ring ditch. Following the prehistoric period there is no evidence of any activity on the site until the post-medieval period where three linear ditches probably represent former field boundaries. A recommendation has been made for the site results to be considered in any future archaeological publication of these latter excavations. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Yes, Future No Associated Identifiers: HER event no. COG 025 Sitecode COG 025 Planning Application No. B/03/01504/FUL NMR No. 1521115 Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Full excavation Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Current Land use: Cultivated Land 3 - Operations to a depth more than 0.25m Monument Type(s)/Period(s): DITCH Post Medieval , PIT Bronze Age , RING DITCH Bronze Age Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): STRUCK FLINT Bronze Age , STRUCK FLINT Neolithic PROJECT LOCATION Area 2612.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TL888395 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, Field Team Director/Manager: John Craven Supervisor: John Craven DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Worked stone/lithics Media: Database, Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Worked stone/lithics Media: Context sheet, Photograph, Plan, Report, Section, Survey PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Worked stone/lithics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Land off Bures Road, Great Cornard, COG 025 Author(s)/Editor(s): Craven, J. A. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report No. 2010/046 Date: 2010 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: SCCAS evaluation report

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2010. Archaeological Excavation Report, Land off Bures Road, Great Cornard, COG 025.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Land off Bures Road, Great Cornard. (Monument)

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Feb 5 2020 12:57PM

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