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glass display of pottery fragments and poster information board

Runic Objects from Staunch Meadow, Brandon featured in new exhibition

Featured image: Exhibition at Thetford Ancient House Museum For the first time since their excavation in the 1980s objects from the Anglo-Saxon site at Staunch Meadow, Brandon will be displayed at Ancient House Museum, Thetford. Our Archives Officer Julie tells us more about the site. The Middle Saxon site at Staunch Meadow, Brandon is sitedContinue reading “Runic Objects from Staunch Meadow, Brandon featured in new exhibition”

Person holding a soil sample block

Soil Micromorphology from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021

Featured image: Professor French taking soil samples. Professor Charles French is a professor of geoarchaeology at University of Cambridge, and the specialist advisor in environmental sampling for the Rendlesham Revealed project. Charly has completed the initial analysis of the environmental sampling taken from the Rendlesham excavations last summer. Charly is our guest writer this weekContinue reading “Soil Micromorphology from Rendlesham – Excavations 2021”

many people standing in trench around excavated ditch

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”

A glass fragment on top of a label and bag

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”

cross shaped brooch in clear box

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”

Person holding an animal bone

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”

Volunteer being trained

West Suffolk Prehistoric Landscapes Project

Featured image: Volunteer being trained in geophysical survey ©Past to Present Archaeology Recently, Past to Present Archaeology began a new research project to study the Bronze Age communities of Western Suffolk. Last summer, volunteers started the archaeological investigations near Bury St Edmunds. Rupert Birtwistle, our guest writer for this week and the project’s Director, tellsContinue reading “West Suffolk Prehistoric Landscapes Project”

Volunteer counting and weighing the finds

Rendlesham behind the scenes: finishing off the post-excavation processing

Featured image: volunteer counting and weighing finds by category. Here is another update on the post-excavation work, as part of the Rendlesham Revealed project. As the post-excavation work continued throughout December, the tasks were shared amongst our volunteers so that everyone had a chance to learn some new skills. Some of our volunteers have neverContinue reading “Rendlesham behind the scenes: finishing off the post-excavation processing”

Two volunteers processing samples

Rendlesham behind the scenes: starting post-excavation processing

Featured image: Processing environmental samples to extract finds or ecofacts. Having finished the first season of excavations at Rendlesham this summer, our volunteers have started the post-excavation work on the excavated material at the Cotswold Archaeology warehouse in Needham Market, as part of our community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed. The post-excavation process involves several differentContinue reading “Rendlesham behind the scenes: starting post-excavation processing”

digital microscope with soil sample

Soil Samples from Rendlesham. What happens next?

Featured image: a soil sample after being processed into a thin section and analysed through a digital microscope. Volunteers from Suffolk Mind visited the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at University of Cambridge to find out more about how archaeological samples are processed there, as part of our community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed. A geoarchaeologyContinue reading “Soil Samples from Rendlesham. What happens next?”

people in a field digging with trowels

New discoveries of Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon past unearthed in the Deben Valley

Featured image: volunteers from Suffolk Young Carers excavating the cellar of an Anglo-Saxon hut. Archaeological excavation near Rendlesham is adding to Suffolk’s rich history, with archaeologists uncovering evidence of settlement and community 1,400 years ago at the time of the earliest East Anglian kings. The discoveries have come as part of the community archaeology projectContinue reading “New discoveries of Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon past unearthed in the Deben Valley”

four people digging and recording in a trench

Week 6 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham

Featured image: volunteers excavating and Cotswold Archaeology recording the archaeological features. We have just finished the sixth and final week of the Rendlesham Revealed excavations. It was a busy week for the volunteers, finishing off digging and recording the archaeology, processing the finds and completing the fieldwalking. Joining the team for one of the daysContinue reading “Week 6 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham”

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Week 5 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham

Featured image: volunteers from Rendlesham Primary School learning how to clean the finds During week 5 of the Rendlesham Revealed excavations, our hard-working volunteers continued to excavate and record the archaeology across the site. We have made excellent progress and have taken more samples for environmental analysis. Interesting finds this week included a spindle whorlContinue reading “Week 5 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham”

Week 4 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham

Featured image: volunteers excavating a sunken-featured building Throughout week 4 our volunteers continued excavating, recording and sampling the archaeological features and washing, marking and bagging up the finds. For the latter half of the week, we were joined by volunteers from Suffolk Mind. More Anglo-Saxon pit-like features, are in the process of being excavated, severalContinue reading “Week 4 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham”

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Week 2 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham

Featured image: Volunteers excavating quadrants of a possible Anglo-Saxon hut. During week 2, we finished opening the remaining trenches with the machine. Before we could excavate the archaeological features, the trenches needed “cleaning”, this involved tidying the edges so they were neat and hoeing to remove any loose soil so that the features could beContinue reading “Week 2 (2021) – The Excavations at Rendlesham”

tools in a wheel barrow and person in a field excavating

Uncovering Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham 2021

After lots of planning, we are excited that the first season of archaeological investigations are starting this summer at Rendlesham, as part of the Rendlesham Revealed project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This August and September, archaeological excavations will focus on the wider Anglo-Saxon settlement at Rendlesham, with support from Cotswold Archaeology andContinue reading “Uncovering Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham 2021”

Photograph of Bellcage

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Bellcage at East Bergholt

Featured Image: Bellcage located in the Churchyard. Source: Copyright Historic England We continue with our blog series showcasing some of our favourite archaeology in Suffolk. This week, we visit a unique bellcage in East Bergholt with Abby. Abby is a Senior Archaeological Officer and has been with the team since 2008. She is currently onContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Bellcage at East Bergholt”

Photograph of the gardens and parkland at Ickworth House

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Gardens and parkland at Ickworth House

Featured Image: Ickworth gardens and parkland. Source: National Trust We continue with our blog series showcasing some of our favourite archaeology in Suffolk. This week, we explore the beautiful Ickworth gardens, parkland and house with Grace. Grace is the Archaeological Officer (HER) and has been a part of the SCCAS team since 2016. Day toContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Gardens and parkland at Ickworth House”

Photograph of the front, sides, top and back of the axehead

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Neolithic polished axehead

We continue with our blog series showcasing some of our favourite archaeology in Suffolk. Each week you’ll meet a member of the team who will share with you their favourite archaeological site to visit or favourite find. This week, Phils shares his favourite find. Phil is a Finds Recording Officer and has been part ofContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Neolithic polished axehead”

Aerial View of Orford Castle

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Orford

Featured Image: Aerial view of Orford Castle. Source: English Heritage Julie is the Archaeological Officer (Archives) and has been a part of the SCCAS team since 2015. Day to day she curates Suffolk’s archaeological archives, which includes all the finds and documentation resulting from archaeological fieldwork in Suffolk. My favourite place in Suffolk has probablyContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Orford”

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Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Wickham Market Iron Age hoard

Anna is a Finds Recording Officer and has been part of the Suffolk Finds Recording Team for the past 6 years. Her role is to record archaeological objects found by members of the public onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme database and to administer the reporting of Treasure. My favourite Suffolk find is the Wickham MarketContinue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Wickham Market Iron Age hoard”

Exterior view of Christchurch Mansion

Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion

Featured Image: Christchurch Mansion Source: Ipswich Borough Council We continue with our blog series showcasing some of our favourite archaeology in Suffolk. Each week you’ll meet a member of the team who will share with you their favourite archaeological site to visit or favourite find. This week, Lisa takes us to two museums in Ipswich:Continue reading “Our Favourite Archaeology in Suffolk – Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion”

damaged cremation urns in soil

Investigating the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Lackford

A new display at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Museum presents the results of latest research on Suffolk’s largest Anglo-Saxon cemetery, first discovered in 1945 at Lackford. West Stow is the site of an early Anglo-Saxon village and is well-known for its reconstructed buildings, giving visitors an immersive experience of Anglo-Saxon life.  Archaeologists believe thatContinue reading “Investigating the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Lackford”

swans on river and view over fields

Walk in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon Kings on new Suffolk countryside trail

A seven-mile walking trail just steps away from the county’s famous Sutton Hoo site, has been created in Suffolk’s Deben Valley revealing the hidden archaeological secrets of the area. Download the guide at heritage.suffolk.gov.uk/rendlesham Walkers will be transported back 1,500 years and experience the landscape once home to a long-lost Anglo-Saxon settlement at Rendlesham whereContinue reading “Walk in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon Kings on new Suffolk countryside trail”

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Recent Scientific Research on the Anglo-Saxon Burials at Staunch Meadow, Brandon

Featured image: Excavation west view of Church next to Cemetery 1. Brandon sits on the edge of fenland and Staunch Meadow occupies an island of windblown sand within the floodplain of the Little Ouse. Excavations during the 1980s revealed evidence of a settlement dating from the mid 7th to the late 9th centuries AD. TheContinue reading “Recent Scientific Research on the Anglo-Saxon Burials at Staunch Meadow, Brandon”

book cover showing church archway

Hitcham: A Landscape, Social and Ecclesiastical History of a Suffolk Clayland Parish

We’re looking forward to reading this new book, which explores the parish of Hitcham, its wider landscape and the architectural and ecclesiastical history of its church. The author, Edward Martin, is our guest this week to tell us more about it. Produced as a contribution towards a National Lottery Heritage Fund project for the restorationContinue reading “Hitcham: A Landscape, Social and Ecclesiastical History of a Suffolk Clayland Parish”

several worked and decorated antler and bone

Antler and Bone working of Anglo-Saxon Ipswich

A new publication, funded by Historic England, is underway led by the Archaeological Service and written by authors Ian Riddler and Nicola Trzaska-Nartowski. Ipswich has one of the largest and finest assemblages of antler and bone yet recovered from this country. Between 1974-1994 Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS) excavations in the historic core ofContinue reading “Antler and Bone working of Anglo-Saxon Ipswich”

the ruins of St Edmund's Abbey and the cathedral tower

From Rise to Ruins – Abbey of St Edmund Millennium 1020-2020

Celebrating the 1000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund – Join the experts to discover more about the abbey’s remarkable history with a new series of online talks starting this November. 2020 marks the 1000th anniversary of the re-foundation of the religious community at Bury St Edmunds as a Benedictine abbey, under the patronageContinue reading “From Rise to Ruins – Abbey of St Edmund Millennium 1020-2020”

a framed picture of flints and a book with portrait of Nina Layard

The People Behind our Understanding of Suffolk’s Prehistoric Archaeology

Whilst working on the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Enhancement Project, our colleague Dr Hannah Cutler delved into the invaluable works from some of East Anglia’s most pioneering and influential figures in prehistoric archaeology in Suffolk. Here are just a few of the many key archaeologists Hannah has come across the most during her project. Nina LayardContinue reading “The People Behind our Understanding of Suffolk’s Prehistoric Archaeology”

reconstructed Anglo-Saxon cremation urn

Investigating Suffolk’s largest Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Lackford

Lackford has one of the largest Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in the region – the Archaeological Service are working on a project, funded by Historic England, to complete the analysis and publication of this important site at Lackford. The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Lackford in north-west Suffolk, is one of the largest known in East Anglia. Excavations inContinue reading “Investigating Suffolk’s largest Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Lackford”

1930s photograph of excavations by Nina Laynard

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”

two gold and garnet beads

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”