As part of the pre-build process, Victory Housing commissioned Suffolk Archaeology to carry out a risk assessment for an archaeological dig to ensure that they weren’t desecrating a site of historical significance. We have provided their Risk Assessment & Method Statement (RAMS) for Archaeological Evaluation, produced in April 2018, for you to download.
Their final report, published on the NNDC planning portal, covered an initial dig of seven trenches in May and June 2018 and uncovered archaeological features on site thought to be potentially significant, including a late Saxon to high medieval settlement.
The site lies within an area of archaeological and historical interest and has the potential to reveal evidence of a range of periods. Prehistoric activity includes flint scatters recovered during metal detectorist surveys and crop-marks identified from aerial photography.
And the report’s conclusion stated:
Archaeological remains across the eastern half of the site, within the area of trenches two to six define a truncated late Saxon and early medieval settlement phase with evidence of pits, postholes and ditches.
A spokeswoman from Flagship Group, which owns Victory Housing, said that the first dig informed the scoping report by Suffolk Archaeology which was approved by Norfolk County Council and highlighted the areas of interest for the full, second dig.
These works were undertaken by Archaeological Solutions, and were completed in mid-March.