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”

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”

The Final Week at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 7)

Featured image: children from Wickham Market primary school excavating animal bone from the rubbish dump. During the seventh and final week of the Rendlesham Revealed excavations the volunteers finished digging and recording the archaeology before cleaning it for final photographs. We also continued processing the finds and completing the fieldwalking. Over three days, we welcomedContinue reading “The Final Week at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 7)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 6)

Featured image: On-site with Rendlesham Primary School and Kendra the Anglo-Saxon forager Week 6 was a busy one and our volunteers included local school children and a third group of volunteers from Suffolk Mind, as well as members of the general public. Everyone worked together with much enthusiasm to continue to excavate and record theContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 6)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 5)

Featured image: metal detecting on site at Rendlesham © Katie Everard / Suffolk County Council Work continues at Rendlesham, with volunteers excavating, recording and sampling the archaeological features, as well as a new geophysical survey taking place on a nearby field. Alan, one of our very experienced metal detector users, came to site to metalContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 5)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 4)

Featured image: Young people from Suffolk Young Carers join the volunteers on-site © Katie Everard / Suffolk County Council The volunteers continue to make excellent progress excavating and recording the archaeology. This week our team included eight volunteers from Suffolk Family Carers aged 12-14. Throughout the week, they all learnt how to excavate the archaeology,Continue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 4)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 3)

Featured image: A volunteer mentor and Matt recording a post hole The volunteers continue to work hard excavating the archaeological features. This week the volunteers have made a start on the excavation of the remains of the large timber hall. Only the foundation trenches for the walls and post holes now survive, and these areContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 3)”