Rendlesham behind the scenes: post-excavation update

Seven sealed boxes stacked on a trolley

Our volunteers have completed the post excavation processing work ready for the relevant specialists to analyse. The finds are all washed, marked and quantified and the site information is all recorded onto the site database.

There’s been a spectacular amount of material excavated from the trenches and it has taken almost 4 months to process it all.

The volunteers have cleaned, marked and packed over 6kg of pottery, mostly fragments as well as an almost complete vessel, over 2kg of ceramic building material and just under 1kg of fired clay.

There is also nearly 1.5 kg of struck flint, just under 2kg of heat altered flint and stone, over 800g of slag and nearly 70g of lava quern stone.

Animal bone is the dominant material recovered from this year’s excavation, with over 2000 fragments weighing over 7.2kg.

The material is all sorted and carefully packed to be dispatched to relevant specialists.

Seven sealed boxes stacked on a trolley
All the animal bone packed to be sent to the specialist zoo archaeologist

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 our volunteers and of the landowners and farmers who work and manage this historic landscape.

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