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23 November 2013
Bronze Age pottery unearthed near Ipswich

An archaeological dig on the site of a former World War Two airfield in Suffolk (England) has revealed evidence of Bronze Age burial chambers. The site, on the outskirts of Ipswich, is being excavated in readiness for a new care home due to open in 2015.
     Fragments of pottery and urns indicated the site was "very close to a burial mound", archaeologists said. The finds will be recorded and stored at Suffolk County Council's archaeology department.
     Mark Hinman from Pre-Construct Archaeology said: "We've found fragments of beaker pottery, which is quite decorated with zigzag designs and collared urn vessels. These were usually used in the burial of human remains in the Bronze Age period, so these items give us a sense we're very close to a burial mound." He also added: "It's still early days but we're digging various ditches. Nearby excavations have shown this area was a popular settlement for farming and the burial mounds indicate a high population in the period. They also show a claim of ownership on the land and how we were moving from a mobile hunter/gathering society into the settled farmers we became as a nation."

Edited from BBC News (23 November 2013)

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