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CAT Report 1564: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at St Barnabas' Church, Lamarsh Road, Alphamstone, Essex, CO8 5HS: June 2020
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Matthew Loughton, Adam Wightman, Laura Pooley, Chris Lister, Mark Baister, Emma Holloway)

Date report completed: June 2020
Location: St Barnabas' Church, Alphamstone
Map reference(s): TL 87878 35461
File size: kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation of two trial-trenches was carried out at St Barnabas' Church, Lamarsh Road, Alphamstone, Essex in advance of the construction of a new shed housing a toilet and a flower arranging and mower storage area with associated services. The church is thought to pre-date the Norman invasion, and to have been built at the site of an earlier Anglo-Saxon minster church. There are several sarsen stones within the churchyard, which lies immediately to the north of the known site of a Roman villa complex. Excavations revealed a possible grave cut, a post-medieval or modern burial vault or funerary monument foundation and a modern pit.