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

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Location

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

Technique(s)

Organisation

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service

Date

Not recorded.

Map

Description

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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