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”

Iron Age Terret Ring Moulds, Waldringfield

Waldringfield church grave yard is the site of a rather extraordinary find. Fragments of Late Iron Age pottery moulds used in the production of metal horse harness parts were discovered when a new grave was being dug in 1984. Subsequent excavation near the grave revealed no other metal working debris, so the location of theContinue reading “Iron Age Terret Ring Moulds, Waldringfield”

Anglo-Saxon Burial, Snape

The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Snape has been investigated since 1862. With a range of burials, including cremations, inhumations and a ship burial, this cemetery provides a wealth of information on how Anglo-Saxons buried their people. People were being buried in this cemetery between the mid-6th century and the early 7th Century AD. This article focusesContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Burial, Snape”

Silver Penny of Eadwald, Eye

An extremely rare silver hammered penny dating c. AD 796-798, struck for Eadwald, King of East Anglia found near Eye. This coin is only the second known example of its type – the first was discovered several years ago at Rendlesham, where there is evidence of an Anglo-Saxon royal settlement. The inscription on its obverseContinue reading “Silver Penny of Eadwald, Eye”

Iron Age Terret Ring, Poslingford

A Late Iron Age to early Roman terret ring, dating c. 100 BC-100 AD, from the Poslingford area. Developing in the 3rd century BC within Britain (Middle Iron Age), terret rings formed an important piece of equipment in relation to chariots and other wheeled vehicles. Usually arranged in rows of five along the yoke, essentiallyContinue reading “Iron Age Terret Ring, Poslingford”

Fossilised Marine Reptile Vertebra, Haverhill

This is an unusual but fascinating object for the Suffolk Finds Recording Team, which was brought in for identification along with other metal detected finds. Though we do not routinely record natural material such as fossils onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, unless there is evidence to suggest that they have been collected or modifiedContinue reading “Fossilised Marine Reptile Vertebra, Haverhill”

Saxon Brooch Mould, Ipswich

A Saxon brooch mould (context 0512, SF 41/5003), excavated in the 1990s from Franciscan Way (Wolsey Street), Ipswich. This site sits on the edge of the Saxon settlement and was used for industrial activity during the 9th-12th Centuries AD; in the 13th Century AD the site became the location of the Greyfriars Franciscan Friary andContinue reading “Saxon Brooch Mould, Ipswich”

Roman Enamelled Hare Brooch, Long Melford

This delightful Roman enamelled hare brooch (SF1016) was excavated from the grave of a young woman, and dates to the 2nd Century AD. The grave was unearthed by groundworks in Long Melford during 2008. The brooch is 2.9cm long and only 0.15cm thick and depicts a running hare. The body of the hare has beenContinue reading “Roman Enamelled Hare Brooch, Long Melford”