Site Event/Activity record ESF22908 - Evaluation and metal detecting at TM 144784 (JUNCTION OF THE A140, A143) STUSTON

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Location

Location
Grid reference Centred TM 1442 7844 (158m by 133m)
Map sheet TM17NW
Civil Parish STUSTON, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

Technique(s)

Organisation

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service

Date

Not recorded.

Map

Description

1995: The principle aim of the evaluation was to establish the extent of Roman activity in the area with particular emphasis on the early (possibly military) occupation of the site. The aerial photographic evidence of cropmarks was entirely negative for the southern field, which was in contrast to the northern field. This evidence was largely consistent with the findings from the trial trenching with the exception of the parallel ditches. This could either mean features have eroded away or that there were few to begin with. Although soil movement and erosion had occurred in the southern field, the second argument would seem the most likely. Of the features discovered the despite the lack of dating evidence the two ditches are of interest given their significant alignment with the 1993-1994 excavations. The burnt features were probably prehistoric, the presence of such features at a background level is to be expected along the valley floor ofthe Waveney. The metal detected small finds are of some interesting, in particular the Claudius coin found in trench 1, which was probably a military issue belonging to the Roman army. However it was found in a disturbed soil and seems to have been an isolated find although if it were to be established that the ditches were associated with a Roman road this would be significant. The other Roman finds are consistent with the location of a major Roman site close by.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Tester, A. 1995. ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION AT TM 144784 (JUNCTION OF THE AI40,143) STUSTON.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Part of Roman Road at junction of A140/A143 Stuston (Monument)

Record last edited

Feb 25 2015 3:57PM

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