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CAT Report 879: summary

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Archaeological trial-trenching evaluation at 'The Keep', Priory Hill, Kersey, Suffolk: October 2015
by Ben Holloway
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: December 2015
Location: 'The Keep', Priory Hill, Kersey, Suffolk
Map reference(s): TL 999 443 (c)
File size: 2,556 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: negative
Keywords: residual medieval pottery

Summary. The site lies at the northern end of the historic village of Kersey, within a Conservation Zone, and close to the 13th-century Augustinian priory. Two evaluation trenches on the sites of a proposed cart-lodge and a swimming-pool revealed a modern foundation and three modern pits. Residual medieval sherds were recovered from the topsoil and a modern pit, showing that there may have been some medieval activity on this site prior to the building of the current house. Peg-tile and coal fragments in the layer sealing natural ground supports the idea that there has been some recent site-levelling here.