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Herringswell SEW 10830

Booth, Rona (2019) Herringswell SEW 10830. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Between the 12th and the 20th of September 2018, Oxford Archaeology East (OA East) was commissioned by Anglian Water to carry out a 17 trench archaeological evaluation along the route of a new pipeline, which was to run broadly from west to east for a distance of 2.1km between the parishes of Herringswell and Tuddenham, Suffolk (centred on TL 731 702). Due to constraints arising from ongoing agricultural activity along parts of the route, six of the 17 planned trenches (two at the westernmost end of the route and four in the central part) were not opened, with the client carrying out direct drilling of the pipeline in these areas, avoiding disturbance and removing the need for archaeological evaluation.
Trenches 1 to 5, at the western end of the route, revealed several linear features which produced a small amount of Romano-British pottery, whilst Trenches 10 to 15, toward the eastern half of the route, revealed a number of discrete pits of Late Bronze Age date.
Following on from the evaluation phase, four sections of the pipeline easement (Areas 1-4) were designated for excavation by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS). Between the 23rd of October and the 30th of November 2018, an easement up to 8m wide was machine stripped to reveal a pit dominated Late Bronze Age site in Areas 1 and 2. A series of Early Roman ditches and some discrete features were revealed in Areas 3 and 4; in the latter area these overlay a sequence of earlier but undated ditches. A number of medieval features including ditches and pits were also recorded in Area 3.
The Late Bronze Age pits produced a number of significant artefacts including a fragment of a ceramic metalworking mould, a decorated chalk weight, pottery, fired clay and wattle impressed daub. Charred plant remains from the pit included substantial assemblages of cleaned, chaff-free charred wheat and barley grain, providing evidence for the possible cultivation of a maslin crop. The evidence from this site has provided regionally significant evidence relating to Late Bronze Age settlement, craft activity, economy and depositional practice.

Item Type: Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suffolk, suffolk, Herringswell, herringswell, Tuddenham, tuddenham, evaluation, evaluation archaeological evaluation, excavation, Excavation, archaeological excavation, pipeline, pipe line, anglian water, Bronze Age, bronze age, Late Bronze Age, late bronze age, Roman, roman, Medieval, medieval, pit, pits, late bronze age pit, late bronze age pits, ditch, ditches, roman ditch, roman ditches, medieval ditch, medieval ditches, charred plant remains, late bronze age charred plant remains, wheat, barley, maslin, metalworking, late bronze age metalworking, mould, metalworking mould, late bronze age metalworking mould, loomweight, weight, stone weight, stone loomweight, worked stone, lithics, lithic implement, worked flint, flint, later prehistoric, later prehistoric flint, later prehistoric worked flint, pottery, Pottery, pot, ceramic, sherd, vessel, Bronze Age pottery, bronze age pottery, Late Bronze Age pottery, late bronze age pottery, Roman pottery, roman pottery, fired clay, daub, lining material, animal remains, animal bone, animal bones, bone, bones, butchery evidence, 2274, report 2274, Report 2274, OAE report 2274
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Suffolk
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Late Bronze Age 1000 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology East
Depositing User: Hamilton
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2023 09:00
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2023 09:00
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/7133

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