A probable early medieval Knife, Ipswich

Recovered by chance by a member of the public earlier this year, this iron knife likely dates to between circa AD 500-1000. A ‘whittle and tang’ knife; this knife has a blade with a straight back and curved cutting edge. It has a long, narrow, tang which would have been attached to a grip madeContinue reading “A probable early medieval Knife, Ipswich”

Being Anglo-Saxon: an experimental archaeology kiln project begins

Featured image: Ipswich ware pottery vessels and fragments, previously excavated from Suffolk As part of the Rendlesham Revealed project, Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service are working with volunteers to build and fire an Anglo-Saxon Ipswich ware kiln to make replica Ipswich ware pots. This article is the first of the “Being Anglo-Saxon” series. This experimentalContinue reading “Being Anglo-Saxon: an experimental archaeology kiln project begins”

Fentons Farm – Roman life and death in Sicklesmere

Featured Image: archaeologists cleaning and recording burials on-site at Fentons Farm © Archaeology Solutions Ltd now Wardell Armstrong In 2017, archaeological excavations in Sicklesmere in the parish of Gt Whelnetham recorded an important and unusual Roman cemetery. The excavation site known as Fentons Farm is located to the south of the known Roman settlement atContinue reading “Fentons Farm – Roman life and death in Sicklesmere”

Erskine Lodge – Roman life and death in Sicklesmere

Featured Image: an enamelled cockerel brooch c.1st-2nd century recovered from a deliberate deposition layer within a former river channel © Allen Archaeology In 2018, archaeological excavations in Sicklesmere in the parish of Gt Whelnetham recorded evidence for significant Roman activity. The excavation site known as Erskine Lodge, is located at the western end of theContinue reading “Erskine Lodge – Roman life and death in Sicklesmere”

A brief history of the Suffolk Historic Environment Record

Featured Image: SSMR Index Card used when the HER was a paper-based system. Over the past few weeks, the Historic Environment Record (HER) team have been going through the vast HER archive, revealing interesting facts on how the HER developed. The Suffolk HER originally started off as the Suffolk Sites and Monuments Record (SSMR). ThisContinue reading “A brief history of the Suffolk Historic Environment Record”

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – The Great Churchyard, Bury St Edmunds

Featured Image: View of the Great Churchyard looking west, the Chapel of the Charnel ruins are on the right, St Mary’s Church to the left. We have recently welcomed Louisa to the SCCAS team, so we asked her to share with us her favourite archaeological site in Suffolk. Louisa has a background in commercial archaeologyContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – The Great Churchyard, Bury St Edmunds”

Suffolk Mind volunteers help unearth the Anglo Saxon royal settlement in Rendlesham

Featured image: Nev Midwinter, 47, from Thetford, excavating at Rendlesham, with supervision from Cotswold Archaeology (Credit: Suffolk Mind) Volunteers from Suffolk Mind have been unearthing the fascinating history of the Anglo-Saxon royal settlement buried beneath the Suffolk countryside, as part of the ‘Rendlesham Revealed’ community archaeology project. Joining the army of volunteers excavating on-site wereContinue reading “Suffolk Mind volunteers help unearth the Anglo Saxon royal settlement in Rendlesham”

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Clare Castle Country Park

Featured Image: view of the Castle motte and Keep ruins, and to the left is the station goods shed. We have recently welcomed Andrew to the team at the Archaeological Service, so we asked him to share with us his favourite archaeological site in Suffolk. Andrew joined the team in September 2022 as Archaeology Officer-Continue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Clare Castle Country Park”

Royal Hall of the East Anglian Kings found in Suffolk

Featured image: Drone photograph of the excavations at Rendlesham, showing the excavated hall and boundary ditch (right hand trench) and associated rubbish dump (left hand trench). (© Suffolk County Council; photo by Jim Pullen) The second season of Rendlesham Revealed excavations are now complete and have unearthed some exciting discoveries.  Evidence of a 1,400 year-oldContinue reading “Royal Hall of the East Anglian Kings found in Suffolk”

Lower Palaeolithic handaxe, Lavenham

This month’s featured find is a complete Lower Palaeolithic flint handaxe found near Lavenham, dating to c. 533,000-300,000 BC. Recovered by chance by a local metal detector user in 2016, this Palaeolithic handaxe represents one of the earliest types of artefacts found in Suffolk. Made from flint, the handaxe is ‘bifacially worked’, meaning it hasContinue reading “Lower Palaeolithic handaxe, Lavenham”