The Second Season of Excavation at Freston

In 2021, the Freston Archaeological Research Mission returned for their second season of excavation to investigate the Early Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Freston. Dr Tristan Carter, our guest writer for this week, tells us all about it. After a year’s pandemic-enforced break, the Freston Archaeological Research Mission [FARM] returned to the field in the summerContinue reading “The Second Season of Excavation at Freston”

Pottery from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021

Sue Anderson, a freelance specialist is the Rendlesham Revealed project specialist for pottery and has completed the initial analysis of the pottery excavated from Rendlesham last summer. Sue is our guest writer this week to tell us more. The identification and recording of the pottery from the site involves dividing sherds into ‘fabrics’ – theContinue reading “Pottery from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021”

Glass artefacts from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021

Featured image: identifying a glass fragment using an eye-glass. Dr Rose Broadley is the Rendlesham Revealed project specialist for glass artefacts and has completed the initial analysis of the glass excavated from Rendlesham last summer. Rose is our guest writer this week to tell us more. My first step after receiving the glass finds from Rendlesham wasContinue reading “Glass artefacts from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021”

Metal Objects from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021

Faye Minter is the Rendlesham Revealed project specialist for metal objects and has completed the initial analysis of the artefacts excavated from Rendlesham last summer. Faye is our guest writer this week to tell us more. Eighty-three metal objects were uncovered during the excavations at Rendlesham last summer. The variety of metal objects recovered isContinue reading “Metal Objects from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021”

Animal Bone from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021

Featured image: Dr Charlotte Scull working with a reference collection Following 6-weeks of excavations at Rendlesham last summer, the specialists have been analysing the material and we are now beginning to see some results. Over 2,000 fragments of animal bone have been examined by Dr Charlotte Scull, the project’s specialist zooarchaeologist. Charlotte is our guestContinue reading “Animal Bone from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021”

The Results – Geophysics at West Stow 2021

Featured image: volunteers reviewing the geophysical survey results after collecting the data in the field. In October 2021, 12 volunteers were trained to carry out a geophysical survey in the areas surrounding West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park. The training was led by Phase Site Investigations who have now completed the data analysis, whichContinue reading “The Results – Geophysics at West Stow 2021”

Rendlesham behind the scenes: post-excavation update

Our volunteers have completed the post excavation processing work ready for the relevant specialists to analyse. The finds are all washed, marked and quantified and the site information is all recorded onto the site database. There’s been a spectacular amount of material excavated from the trenches and it has taken almost 4 months to processContinue reading “Rendlesham behind the scenes: post-excavation update”

Rare 4,500 year old axe turns up at event in Lowestoft

Featured image: copyright Mick Howes Roman coins and a flint axe, discovered in Suffolk by members of the public, were the star finds at a recent archaeology event. The event, hosted by the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service at Lowestoft Library on 25 March 2022, saw dozens of local residents bring their discoveries to findContinue reading “Rare 4,500 year old axe turns up at event in Lowestoft”

Discovering the lost stones of Bury St Edmunds

Featured image: Head of a king in the herb garden © Ron Baxter Built in the 11th century, the Abbey at Bury St Edmunds was one of the most influential in medieval Europe until its suppression in 1539. The extensive remains still survive today. Since 2005, the Abbey’s stonework has been a focus of researchContinue reading “Discovering the lost stones of Bury St Edmunds”

Finds Day, Ipswich Museum – February 2022

At the end of last month, our Finds Recording Team held a ‘Finds Day’ at Ipswich Museum. This was the first Finds Day we have been able to host since 2020 and it was terrific to be out and about in the county meeting people again! Finds Days are a great opportunity for members ofContinue reading “Finds Day, Ipswich Museum – February 2022”