Garth Bungalow, Darsham

This abandoned bungalow hides a fascinating secret inside its walls – Victorian railway carriages were discovered when the bungalow was surveyed and recorded, before being demolished in 2007. The construction of ‘Garth’ bungalow looks normal from the outside – however it has walls made of Victorian railway carriages rather than bricks and mortar. Cottage ConstructionContinue reading “Garth Bungalow, Darsham”

Roman “Money Box”, Coddenham

A copper alloy “money box” from Cremation 6 from a small Roman settlement on the outskirts of ‘Combretovium’ in the parish of Coddenham. This 2nd-3rd century “money box” (SF49) was discovered in Cremation 6, (Feature 26 i, Area BJ/EN(S)) during excavations in April 1973. The “money box” is a remarkable piece of upcycling, as itContinue reading “Roman “Money Box”, Coddenham”

Finds Assemblage, Long Melford

A selection of finds were discovered in a pit on a settlement site at Chapel House, Long Melford. The finds include: animal bone, pottery and a spearhead dating from the Late Iron Age to Early Roman period. The objects were likely to have been deposited in the pit just after the Roman Conquest. The socketedContinue reading “Finds Assemblage, Long Melford”

Anglo-Saxon Pendant, Exning

An Anglo-Saxon gold and garnet necklace from Grave 8 in a cemetery excavated at Exning. The surviving components of this necklace were a gold bead and a red garnet set into a gold pendant. Necklaces such as these are usually found in the graves of elite status women; this particular necklace was buried with aContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Pendant, Exning”

Medieval Enamelled Buckle, Risby

A medieval enamelled buckle and plate, dating c. 1150-1250, found near Risby. Ornate enamelled buckles and plates of this type are rare survivals. This buckle is probably a product of the then famous workshops at Limoges in France, widely known for their craft in creating both secular and liturgical enamelled metal items. The upper partContinue reading “Medieval Enamelled Buckle, Risby”

Medieval Seal Matrix, Framlingham

A lead-alloy Medieval seal matrix dating to the late 13th or early 14th century, found near Framlingham. Seal matrices in the Medieval period appear as early as the 12th century, and were typically made of lead or copper-alloy. These earlier pieces were obviously personal commissions, as they frequently name specific individuals or alternatively have religiously-themedContinue reading “Medieval Seal Matrix, Framlingham”

Figurine of the Virgin Mary, Eye

A medieval copper-alloy gilt figurine of the Virgin Mary dating c. 1380-1500, found in the Diss area. Prior to the English Reformation that swept away most elements of Catholicism from the 1530s to 1550s, visitors to churches would have seen painted murals, ornate stonework, icons, colourful vestments, stained glass, silver gilt communion sets, illuminated manuscriptsContinue reading “Figurine of the Virgin Mary, Eye”

Neolithic Arrowhead, Sudbury

An Early or Middle Neolithic lead-shaped flint arrowhead probably dating c. 4000-3000 BC, found near the Sudbury area. The Neolithic period (or ‘New Stone Age’) is characterised in Britain by a number of processes that seem to appear from slightly before 4000 BC. In comparison to people of the preceding Mesolithic (‘Middle Stone Age’), peopleContinue reading “Neolithic Arrowhead, Sudbury”

Anglo-Saxon Girdle Hangers, Brandeston

Two incomplete girdle hangers dating to the 6th century AD, found near the Brandeston area. Girdle hangers are symbolic objects primarily dating to the 6th century AD that form an important element within the subject of Early Anglo-Saxon funerary archaeology. Manufactured both in iron or copper-alloy and likely imitating the form of keys or latch-liftersContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Girdle Hangers, Brandeston”