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CAT Report 1770: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at Turpin's Farm, Walton Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex:January 2022
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Lisa Gray, Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley, Alec Wade and Adam Wightman)

Date report completed: February 2022
Location: Turpin's Farm, Walton Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
Map reference(s): TM 23609 21584 (centre)
File size: 12288 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
Keywords: Turpin's Farm Frinton-on-Sea

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (88 trial-trenches) was carried out at Turpin's Farm, Walton Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, in advance of an application for a new residential development. While only sparse remains have been uncovered in the vicinity, excavations at the site uncovered evidence of activity here from at least the Mesolithic period, and of occupation during the Bronze Age and Iron Age at the centre and the southern edge of the site. Further features dating to the Roman period lay clustered along the eastern end of the evaluated area, evidencing the existence of a low-status Roman settlement which stood here from at least the 2nd century until the late 3rd or early 4th century. The remaining datable features had their origins in the postmedieval or modern periods, and were likely the product of agricultural activity.