Meredith, J., (2015). Barber's Point, Friston, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Excavations 2013. Needham Market: Suffolk Archaeology.

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Barber's Point, Friston, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, Excavations 2013
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Suffolk Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1042570
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The 2010 excavations (Trench 5) had identified a concentration of Middle Saxon graves which seemed to represent a linear cemetery aligned along the enclosure ditch of the settlement. The Trench 6 excavations of 2013 opened up an area to reveal the rest of the cemetery and a further nine graves were identified. Radiocarbon dates obtained from the recent human skeleton samples suggest a date range from the end of the 6th to the end of the 8th century AD, indicating that Barber's Point was in use from the Early to the Middle Saxon periods. The dating evidence suggests that the burial sequence started with a grave of c.AD 600 in which a young individual, probably female and of about 16 years of age, was interred. At her left ankle was placed a wooden box represented by a scatter of iron fittings preserving traces of maple wood from which the box had been made. Also preserved in the iron corrosion were traces of fine fabric, some of it pleated, suggesting that four different garments or soft furnishings had been placed over the box. Within the box was a fascinating set of objects. Some of these items probably belonged to a chatelaine group and other items that could be worn by a woman from her waist or she might have used. These included an iron lift key, hoops of iron wire (some of which were decorated with beads), a spindle whorl and a short iron rod around which thread had been wound. The box also contained other interesting items such as an Iron Age terret ring, fragments of Roman glass, a lump of amber and a pierced fossil. The most intriguing item was a near-complete panther cowrie shell which would have originated from the Red Sea.
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J Meredith
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Suffolk Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Suffolk HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2015
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Site: FRS 001 Barber's Point near Aldeburgh
County: SUFFOLK
District: SUFFOLK COASTAL
Parish: FRISTON
Country: England
Grid Reference: 643210, 257290 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: BIQUETAGE Roman
Find: FLINTS Late Prehistoric
Find: POTTERY Bronze Age
Find: POTTERY Early Medieval
Find: POTTERY Roman
Monus: DITCH Early Medieval
Monus: GRAVE Early Medieval
Monus: PIT Bronze Age
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OASIS Id: suffolka1-212467
OBIB: SACIC report 2015/019
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Large report of c.120 pages plus appendices
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18 Aug 2017
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