Monument record LKD 026 - Gravel Pit Hill (Tithe); Bunkers Barn

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Probable location of "ancient cemetery" in gravel pit partially excavated by Prigg in 1867.


Grid reference Centred TL 7735 7014 (174m by 113m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Probable location of "ancient cemetery" in gravel pit partially excavated by Prigg in 1867.
Described as "midway between Lackford and Cavenham on the W side of the high road connecting the two places. Stands on Off Hand Farm" (Field Barn on Tithe, now Bunkers Barn), " - in front on this the ground is broken from having been dug into for gravel at sundry times." Tithe map names this site as Gravel Pit Hill.
Describes discovery of 2 "urns" standing "upright" and "remains of the funeral pyre. The urns were in both cases rude in form/material - hand made rough and without ornament and of medium size". Sketches of two "urns" could be prehistoric but probably Sax. Records one as 5 ins high, 7 ins diameter, 23 ins circumference, "drum shaped, cylindrical, indeed as if it was only a clay lining to a hole". Reports no finds from N side of the grounds but excavated two possible `urn holes' and "another that had the appearance of a section of a grave", without making any finds. "A labourer there, said that at one time there were a great many pots found in the pit, but that he thought they had run out now". Also reports finding "a good and well made leaf-shaped flint flake" (leaf arrowhead?)(S1).
Note also pot & tweezers from Bunkers Barn - see Misc, CRN 04886.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> (No record type): Prigg H, Notebook No. 2, Kilner papers, Suff Rec Office (Bury), Acc No. 1202, 88, 1867 entry.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: transcription of (S1).

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 5 1998 12:00AM

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