The detection and mapping of Saxon sunken-featured buildings at Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk

Bescoby, David and Bowden, William (2013) The detection and mapping of Saxon sunken-featured buildings at Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk. Archaeological Prospection, 20 (1). pp. 53-57. ISSN 1075-2196

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Strong archaeological evidence exists for the presence of Anglo-Saxon settlement at the former Roman civitas capital Venta Icenorum, including two cemeteries of early Saxon date. A large-scale magnetic survey west of the former walled town has revealed a complex palimpsest of surviving subsurface features, several of which were cautiously interpreted as the remains of Anglo-Saxon sunken-featured buildings (SFBs). Targeted earth resistance measurements enhanced the interpretation in terms of likely subsurface morphology. One of these anomalies was subsequently subject to archaeological excavation, revealing the surviving remains of an SFB of middle Saxon date. The magnetic susceptibility of deposits sampled during excavation was also evaluated and a simple forward model constructed to compare a theoretical magnetic response of the structure to that observed in the field. A reasonable correlation was observed, allowing the quantitative characterization of similar magnetic anomalies revealed in the survey data. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art History and World Art Studies
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 16:30
DOI: 10.1002/arp.1441

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