Monument record LVT 025 - Bronze Age ring ditch, part of a compelx of four barrows

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Ring ditch. Part of LVT 010 complex. Slight central mark. Excavated prior to construction of Ipswich Southern Bypass.


Grid reference Centred TM 2387 4073 (40m by 36m)
Map sheet TM24SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Ring ditch. Part of LVT 010 complex. Slight central mark (S1). September - December 1978: Excavated prior to destruction by Ipswich southern bypass. Geophysical survey added no further information. Excavation demonstrated ring ditch to be 35m in diameter, 4.5m wide and 2m deep. Also inner depression 17m in diameter, 3m wide and 0.5m deep. In centre just below plough level, was remains of an inverted collared urn over a cremation charcoal from ditch sections taken for C14 dating (S2).
Analysis of the cremated bone under the collared urn has confirmed them as coming from a human adult, representing about half of the skeleton. A patch of charcoal on the surface of the inner depression has yielded a C14 date of 1070+/-70bp (HAR-3742) cal. AD 890-1020 (S3).
A Bronze Age barrow is visible on aerial photographs as the cropmarks of a ring ditch and possible central feature, centred on circa TM23874073, in Levington parish. The ring ditch is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs from 1951 (S4) and remains visible up to 1996 (S5), following the excavation described above. The cropmarks would suggest a ditch up to circa 4 metres in width, a central cut feature approximately 3 metres in diameter, and the diameter of the ring ditch at its widest point as circa 36 metres.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, APs ACQ 28, 29, ACS 04, 06.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: ACQ 28, 29, ACS 04, 06.
  • <R1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM24SW37.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Archaeol in Suff, 1978, PSIA, 34, 1979, (3), 220.
  • <S3> (No record type): SAU, Martin E, 1990.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/637 5097-8 19-APR-1951.
  • <S5> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. NMR TM2340/29 (EXC 16928/06) 13-JUN-1996.

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Record last edited

Jun 20 2017 10:18AM

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