Week 5 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham

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Featured image: volunteers from Rendlesham Primary School learning how to clean the finds

During week 5 of the Rendlesham Revealed excavations, our hard-working volunteers continued to excavate and record the archaeology across the site. We have made excellent progress and have taken more samples for environmental analysis.

Interesting finds this week included a spindle whorl made of antler or bone and a dog’s skull, both found in the fills of two different Anglo-Saxon probable sunken feature buildings.

We are also finding more evidence of prehistoric activity. Prehistoric pottery and worked flint have been recovered from a pit in one of the trenches.

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one of the trenches is nearly finished with most of the sunken featured buildings fully excavated and being recorded

Over three days we also welcomed 40 children to site, from the Year 3 class of Rendlesham Primary School. They all helped to excavate a sunken-featured building, wash the finds and fieldwalk. They also all enjoyed a finds handling session. The children had a fantastic time contributing to the excavation and learning about the Anglo-Saxons and archaeology.

A fantastic team of volunteers have continued to mark, label and bag all the cleaned objects so that they will be ready to be quantified and sent off to the relevant specialists at the end of the dig.

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We were very pleased to have the team from West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Moyses Hall Museum as part of the volunteer group this week

We also hosted several group visits this week for partners and stakeholders associated with the Rendlesham Revealed project, including the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, the project’s Partnership Advisory Group, and academics who have contributed to the project over the past 12 years.

We are now nearing the end of the excavation season at Rendlesham, with only one more week to go and so we will be making sure that all the archaeology is excavated and recorded and finishing our fieldwalking.

Keep an eye out next week for the final update as we finish our 6-week excavation.

Find out more

Read about the Rendlesham Revealed project

Learn about the previous archaeological investigations since 2008

If you are interested in volunteering for the next season of fieldwork, you can join our e-newsletter mailing list to receive updates.

This fieldwork is part of the community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are very grateful to our many local and national partners who have made this project possible, and for the support of the landowners and farmers who work and manage this historic landscape.

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