Bronze Age ‘Picardy’ type pin, Freckenham

A complete cast copper-alloy Picardy type pin dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c. 1400-1250 BC. One of the finest examples known and the third example found in Suffolk. The pin has a characteristic cup-shaped head, which may at one point have held an insert of perhaps amber or jet, and has a swollen neck withContinue reading “Bronze Age ‘Picardy’ type pin, Freckenham”

Roman Figurine, Fressingfield

An incomplete copper-alloy Roman figurine of the god Mercury from the Fressingfield area, dating c. 43-410 AD. The figurine survives almost entirely complete, with only its head missing in an old break. We can identify this figure as Mercury due to the objects he is carrying. In his left hand he holds a caduceus (theContinue reading “Roman Figurine, Fressingfield”

Silver Military Identity Bracelet, Mildenhall

An inter-war silver identity bracelet found in the Mildenhall area and dated to the First World War. Dated to 1935 this silver bracelet suggests that the owner was perhaps an experienced officer who had seen action in the First World War and remained in his regiment through the 20s and 30s. Though research is ongoing,Continue reading “Silver Military Identity Bracelet, Mildenhall”

Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Historic Environment Record Enhancement

The team in the Historic Environment Record (HER) are working on a project, funded by Historic England, to enhance the database with Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites and find spots across Suffolk. Suffolk is one of the most important counties in England for Early Prehistoric archaeological remains (Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, 1 million years ago – 4000BC).Continue reading “Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Historic Environment Record Enhancement”

Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Sufolk

A new community archaeology project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to uncover the hidden archaeology in the Deben valley in south-east Suffolk. The presence of an Anglo-Saxon royal settlement in the parish of Rendlesham was first recorded by The Venerable Bede, a Northumbrian monk writing in the 8th century AD. However, the exactContinue reading “Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Sufolk”

Ipswich Urban Archaeological Database

The modern town of Ipswich is built on over 1,000 years of urban activity. The team in the Historic Environment Record (HER) have recently completed a project, funded by Historic England, to enhance the archaeological records in Ipswich. The Ipswich Urban Archaeology Database (UAD) project has collated and enhanced information relating to archaeological evidence ofContinue reading “Ipswich Urban Archaeological Database”

Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside

The team in the Historic Environment Record (HER) are working on a project, funded by Historic England, to record all the lost and existing farmsteads in Suffolk. Farming has been a major factor in the development of Suffolk’s landscape, both physically and socially throughout time. The farm buildings can help us to understand the agriculturalContinue reading “Farmsteads in the Suffolk Countryside”

The Mystery of the Mildenhall Hoard

A joint project since 2015 with the British Museum to investigate the find spot of the famous Mildenhall Hoard. (Image: © Mildenhall and District Museum) Discovered in 1942 at West Row, this hoard of 34 late Roman silver dining vessels remains the largest of its kind ever discovered in Britain. The exact find spot ofContinue reading “The Mystery of the Mildenhall Hoard”

Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup strap mount, Bury St Edmunds

Stirrup strap mount, dating between 10th to 11th century, found near Bury St Edmunds. Stirrup strap mounts were used to secure the iron stirrup on a horse saddle; the mount was attached to a leather strap from which the stirrup was both suspended and connected to the saddle. Stirrup strap mounts are reasonably widespread acrossContinue reading “Anglo-Scandinavian stirrup strap mount, Bury St Edmunds”

Iron Age Coin, Debenham

Late Iron Age solid gold stater struck by the tribes of East Anglia, dating to c. 50-20 BC, found in the Debenham area. This type of coin is referred to as a ‘Norfolk Wolf’, almost exclusively distributed within East Anglia. On the obverse there is a heavily stylised wreath, with a series of uncertain motifsContinue reading “Iron Age Coin, Debenham”