Monument record FEX 299 - Possible barrow and cremations and other multi-period features

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Summary

Multi-period funerary and possible settlement site including a putative barrow and ring ditches as well as likely settlement sites and associated field systems.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 290 360 (536m by 436m)
Map sheet TM23NE
Civil Parish FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

2011: Geophysical survey identified several curvilinear anomalies that could possibly reflect the remains of ring ditches. Several of these anomalies were identified on aerial photographic by the National Mapping Program. Probable ditches reflecting boundaries were also identified. Ground disturbance associated with gravel extraction was detected in the south-east corner of the site (S1).

2012: An evaluation revealed evidence for activity on the site that spans the Prehistoric to medieval periods. Of particular archaeological interest was the discovery of elements of a Early/Middle Bronze Age ritual funerary landscape that included a well preserved putative barrow and associated features such as secondary cremations. It is likely more barrows are present further to the north outside of the site boundaries, identified from aerial photography. There is also evidence for an agricultural landscape, along with possible beginnings of settlement in the form of post holes and possible round houses. Occupation of the site appears to have continued into the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age with the presence of at least one settlement area with a good, well preserved assemblage of pottery and other finds directly associated with settlement features. Subsequently it appears that low level activity, predominantly agricultural in nature, continued on the site into the Post Medieval period (S2).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Archaeological Services Durham University. 2011. Land North of High Street, Walton, Felixstowe, Suffolk: Geophysical Survey.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: House, J.. 2012. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Land North of Walton, High Street, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Smith, M. & Chadwick, P.. 2012. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment: Land North of High Street, Walton, Felixstowe.

Finds (18)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Jul 10 2020 4:37PM

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