Site Event/Activity record ESF20339 - Evaluation at Westfield Rplacement / Samuel Ward extension, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill,

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Location Westfield Replacement / Samuel Ward extension, Chalkstone Way
Grid reference Centred TL 6798 4596 (269m by 384m)
Map sheet TL64NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Field-walking, metal detecting and trial trenching was carried out prior to construction of a new school and extension of an existing school. 46 trenches were excavated, representing 5.5% of the development. The evaluation revealed evidence for prehistoric and post-medieval activity. A curvilinear ditch probably represents part of an enclosure of Bronze Age / Earlier Iron Age date. It produced a small quantity of domestic refuse that suggests occupation, although evidence for this was not identified. A circular enclosure in the central site produced moderate amounts of Earlier to Middle Iron Age pottery and some residual Bronze Age pottery. Other finds include bone, a flint blade and charred cereal grains. The double-ditched enclosure might have been a barrow or a temple/shrine. Two pits adjacent to the double enclosure are undated but assumed to be contemporary with it. They contained a large amount of heat-altered stone that was derived presumably from activities that took place inside the enclosure. A third pit, located 10m southwest of the enclosure, contained Earlier to Middle Iron Age pottery similar to that from one of the enclosure ditches. A linear ditch was located just to the east of the double-ditched enclosure. The ditch is undated but likely to be prehistoric. It might have a boundary ditch. Five undated pits in the centre of the site might be prehistoric. There were three post-medieval ditches. One of these is clearly on the line of the parish boundary and another is aligned with a footpath on the c.1880 OS map. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Yes Associated Identifiers: Sitecode HVH 072 Related HER No. HVH 072 NMR No. 1524728 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Public building (e.g. school, church, hospital, medical centre, law courts etc.) Methods and Techniques: Metal Detectors, Fieldwalking, Sample Trenches Position in the Planning Process: Between deposition of an application and determination Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: None Current Land use: Other 14 - Recreational usage, Cultivated Land 2 - Operations to a depth less than 0.25m Monument Type(s)/Period(s): DITCH Uncertain, PIT Middle Iron Age , PITS Uncertain, DITCH Bronze Age , DITCHES Early Iron Age, DITCHES Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): CBM Medieval , CBM Post Medieval , FIRED CLAY Uncertain, METAL WORK Post Medieval , LITHIC IMPLEMENTS Late Bronze Age , LITHIC IMPLEMENTS Iron Age , ANIMAL BONE Uncertain, TOBACCO PIPE Post Medieval , SLAG Post Medieval , GLASS Post Medieval , OYSTER SHELL Uncertain, METAL TOKENS Post Medieval , POTTERY Post Medieval , POTTERY Medieval , POTTERY Roman, POTTERY Late Iron Age , POTTERY Iron Age , CBM Roman PROJECT LOCATION Area 4.40 Hectares Grid Reference: TL68104598 Point Height 93.00 - 96.60 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Jess Tipper Director/Manager: Kieron Heard Supervisor: Kieron Heard DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Glass, Industrial, Metal, Worked stone/lithics, other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Spreadsheets, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Metal, Survey, Worked stone/lithics, other, Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Glass, Industrial Media: Context sheet, Correspondence, Notebook - Excavation, Research, General Notes, Plan, Report, Section PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Glass, Industrial, Metal, Worked stone/lithics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Westfield Replacement/Samuel Ward Extension, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, Suffolk HH 072 (Evaluation) Author(s)/Editor(s): Heard, K. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report No. 2010/049 Date: 2010 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Ipswich Description: A4, ring bound, white cover

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Heard K. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Westfield Replacement / Samuel Ward extension, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, HVH 072.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Middle Iron Age settlement at Westfield Primary School, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill (Monument)

Record last edited

Sep 15 2012 10:08AM

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