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CAT Report 417: summary

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An archaeological excavation of test-holes at St Barnabasà Church, Alphamstone, Essex: March and May 2007
by Orr, K
(with contributions from Benfield, S; Brooks, H; Crummy, N)

Date report completed: 01/05/2007
Location: Alphamstone, Essex
Map reference(s):
File size: 1,309KB kb
Project type: Excavation
Significance of the results: Neg
Keywords: church, medieval, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Roman tile, inhumation

Summary. Three test-holes dug by CAT at the northern side of the nave encountered features and layers, some pre-dating the construction of the nave. Of principal interest was an east-west aligned inhumation burial, of probable Anglo-Saxon or Norman date. A Roman layer or feature fill in one of the test-holes may be associated with the nearby villa. The nave foundation was seen to extend to between 400 and 500mm below ground-level and to be of unmortared stone and earth construction.