Featured Image: view of excavation area, looking north. Prehistoric enclosure in the left foreground and the Roman enclosure in the right background © Archaeology South-East
Archaeological excavations in Felixstowe have uncovered a multi-period site with remains dating to the prehistoric, Roman, and post-medieval periods. The on-site investigations were completed in January 2022 ahead of residential development of the site, and the post-excavation programme is now underway.
The earliest recorded features were the remains of field boundary ditches, in which three flint arrowheads were recovered that span the Late Neolithic to the Middle Bronze Age. Later prehistoric features were also identified, including a small, circular enclosure and clusters of Iron Age pits.
The majority of the archaeological features date to the Roman period. A square enclosure, multiple field boundary ditches, a large quarry pit in which worked timbers were found at the base, and various other ditches, gullies, and pits dated to the period. A large assemblage of pottery and animal bone was recovered along with some delicate copper objects that will be further assessed by specialists.
There was a hiatus in activity on the site until the post-medieval period, during which a new agricultural field system was implemented.
All archaeological remains have now been fully investigated and recorded, and the site signed off for the development to proceed. The finds will now undergo specialist assessment and the details will be reported on, which will be made publicly available in due course. Once finalised, the archive will be deposited with Suffolk County Council’s Archaeology Service.
The work was funded by Persimmon Homes, with RPS Group acting as their archaeological consultants. The fieldwork was undertaken by Archaeology South-East. Suffolk County Council’s archaeological officers monitored the project to ensure that the site was excavated and recorded to a high standard.