Monument record ERL 104 - Baseball Pitch, RAF Lakenheath (Sax)

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Summary

July - November 1997: An ESax cemetery (mainly inhumation) was excavated prior to dormitory construction.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7294 8040 (161m by 164m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL78SW
Civil Parish ERISWELL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (6)

Full Description

July - November 1997: An ESax cemetery was excavated on the site of the Baseball pitch at RAF Lakenheath during the summer & autumn of 1997, prior to dormitory construction. 257 burials and c.12 cremations (only 6 or 7 intact) were uncovered, including a horse (with harness fittings) and 'warrior' burial. The human bone was in varying condition depending on the subsoil which alternated between chalk and sand. The burials all appeared to be C5-C7 (with the majority in the C6 and pagan. Most were E-W aligned with heads at W end and contained grave goods. C.50% of the burials were children. The cremations were both urned and un-urned.
An IA(?) soil layer and features were also discovered under and around the cemetery - possibly substantial enough to indicate settlement (S1). Details to follow (S2). Assessment report available, publication in preperation see backlog to be HER'd (May 2009).
Also IA, Un & Rom.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <M1> (No record type): Excavation archive: (S1).
  • <S1> (No record type): Excavation archive: various media reports; base video; photographs etc..
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Caruth J, December 1997.

Finds (15)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Dec 8 2020 12:34PM

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