Site Event/Activity record ESF20650 - Land at Abbey Farm, Snape, Desk Based Assessment

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Location Abbey Farm
Grid reference Centred TM 3872 5800 (1084m by 1047m)
Map sheet TM35NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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Desk based assessment for the RSPB on the land at Abbey Farm . The proposed development area is situated on the flood plain between the northern side of the River Alde and mainly to the west of the Fromus River. Such a topographically favourable situation will have a moderate to high potential for archaeological material from most periods. Of special note is the site of the Benedictine Priory of St Mary and the possible associated buildings that may include a watermill and a dock/wharf. The whole PDA has the potential for the discovery of waterlogged and palaeo-environmental material. The landscape as a whole is probably of medieval date, at which time the land was reclaimed with the use of sea walls and drainage ditches and became grass pasture. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Not known, Future Yes Associated Identifiers: NMR No. 1458950 Project Type: Desk based assessment Development Type: Pipelines/cables (e.g. gas, electric, telephone, TV cable, water, sewage, drainage etc.) Methods and Techniques: Documentary Search, Aerial Photography - interpretation, Visual Inspection Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) Current Land use: Cultivated Land 1 - Minimal cultivation Monument Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 52.00 Hectares Grid Reference: TM38545786 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: William Fletcher Director/Manager: John Newman Supervisor: James Rolfe DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: none Media: Images raster / digital photography PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: none Media: Aerial Photograph BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Land at Abbey Farm, Snape, DBA Author(s)/Editor(s): Rolfe, J. Other Bibliographic Details: 2007/012 Date: 2007 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Suffolk

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  • --- Unpublished document: Rolfe, J.. 2007. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment, Abbey Farm, Snape, SNP 095.

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Dec 14 2010 6:38PM

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