Monument record MNL 137 - Cooks Drove, West Row.

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Summary

Following discovery of fresh charcoal mixed with a burnt flint patch during fieldwalking by Colin Pendleton, a 2m x 1m NW-SE trench was excavated.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 6553 7763 (25m by 26m)
Map sheet TL67NE
Civil Parish MILDENHALL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Following discovery of fresh charcoal mixed with a burnt flint patch during fieldwalking by Colin Pendleton, a 2m x 1m NW-SE trench was excavated. Environmental samples taken by P Murphy revealed a soft calcareous tufa overlying river gravel indicative of a continuous sere from an open freshwater environment to woodland. Overlying this was a layer, surviving to 5cm thickness, of heat shattered flint and charcoal (ash, oak, hazel/alder) radiocarbon dated to 3650 +/- 100 bp or 1700 bc (HAR 2690)[calibrated to 2140-1935 BC]. This was interpreted as a BA woodland clearance horizon of unknown extent. The charcoal layer was covered by humified peat disturbed by ploughing, reflecting a subsequent return to wetter conditions (S1)(R1).
For other excavated & radiocarbon dated burnt flint patches in Mildenhall parish, see MNL 124 and MNL 204.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <R1> (No record type): Murphy P, Ancient Monuments Laboratory Report, 2947.
  • <S1> (No record type): Murphy P, in Keeley H C M, Environmental Archaeol, A regional review, DOE, occasional paper 6, 1984,.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: environmental report & excavation notes (stolen in Autumn 1981).
  • <M2> (No record type): Photographs: excavation ASA 50,51.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 26 2010 5:15PM

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