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Case study - Bury water pipeline scheme

Anglo-Saxon building

The laying of this new 43km pipeline began at Barnham Common, Norfolk and ended in Little Whelnetham, Suffolk.

Following the initial desk based assessment and the trial trench evaluation (187 trenches) was carried out by NPS, the route ran across a rural landscape, crossing several parishes, and was located close to areas of high archaeological potential, notably:

  • the scheduled Roman villa and triple-ditched fort at Ixworth,
  • the Roman barrow cemetery (part of which is scheduled) at Rougham, and
  • the adjacent Roman Road which the route follows at the southern end of the scheme.

We then worked closely with the Suffolk County Archaeologist, Oxford Archaeology East and Pre-Construct Archaeology (the two archaeological contractors). This is the first time that this type of archaeological collaboration has been used within Anglian Water.

Two of the 8 skeletons found at Bardwell

An Anglo-Saxon building is the sunken featured building or grubenhaus which is built over a shallow pit. Several of these of different sizes were discovered during the excavating of one of the temporary compounds required.

Two of the eight skeletons found in a small cemetery near Bardwell are thought to be late Roman, which are still awaiting confirmation.

 

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