Excavation of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery also revealed extensive occupation evidence: late Iron Age and Roman enclosures and field boundaries, an early Roman kiln, and a small settlement of ‘sunken huts’ and post-hole buildings possibly contemporary with the cemetery. Full reports on the structural data, artefacts (including Iron Age and Romano-British pottery) and environmental evidence illustrate the different phases of activity.
The lengthy settlement sequence, covering two ‘periods of transition’ — Iron Age/Roman and Roman/ Anglo-Saxon — lends the results importance, and the report makes a useful contribution to the study of rural settlement and economy in East Anglia.
For earlier prehistoric occupation (7th to 2nd millennia BC) see EAA 39, Spong Hill Part VI.
R.Rickett, 1995. 'The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Spong Hill, Part VII: Iron Age, Roman and Early Saxon Settlement', East Anglian Archaeology 73