Fieldwalking at Lackford, Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers project

Featured image: volunteers conducting the fieldwalking survey at Lackford (© Suffolk County Council) Last October, 32 local volunteers led by a small team from Cotswold Archaeology (Suffolk Office)  took part in several days of fieldwalking and surface finds collection at Lackford, as part of the Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers project . The field being surveyedContinue reading “Fieldwalking at Lackford, Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers project”

Rendlesham behind the scenes: Post-excavation work continues & Mandy’s star finds

Featured image: Mandy holding a piece of Roman Glass The post-excavation work continues, with volunteers processing the excavated material discovered at Rendlesham in summer 2022, as part of our community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed. This week volunteer Mandy tells us more about her experience and a few of her star finds from the environmental samples. IContinue reading “Rendlesham behind the scenes: Post-excavation work continues & Mandy’s star finds”

Being Anglo-Saxon: experimenting with raw local clay and additives

Featured image: four pinch pots made using different proportions of additives mixed in with 150g of clay (credit: Jnanamitra) Another instalment of our Being Anglo-Saxon series following the progress of the Rendlesham Revealed experimental archaeology kiln. This week, volunteer Jnanamitra tells us about her experience with clay processing using additives Raw local clay processing IContinue reading “Being Anglo-Saxon: experimenting with raw local clay and additives”

Rendlesham behind the scenes: starting the second year of post-excavation processing

Featured image: Animal bone and oyster shell washed and drying after being excavated. (Photo by Graham Allen) Following the second season of excavations at Rendlesham in summer 2022, 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 RendleshamContinue reading “Rendlesham behind the scenes: starting the second year of post-excavation processing”

Being Anglo-Saxon: experimenting with raw clay and pottery making

Featured image: replica Ipswich ware pottery vessel being made by a volunteer Here is the next instalment of our Being Anglo-Saxon series following the progress of the Rendlesham Revealed experimental archaeology kiln. After the clay was delivered, our volunteers started experimenting with different clay processing and pottery making methods. This week, volunteer Louise tells usContinue reading “Being Anglo-Saxon: experimenting with raw clay and pottery making”

A probable early medieval Knife, Ipswich

Recovered by chance by a member of the public earlier this year, this iron knife likely dates to between circa AD 500-1000. A ‘whittle and tang’ knife; this knife has a blade with a straight back and curved cutting edge. It has a long, narrow, tang which would have been attached to a grip madeContinue reading “A probable early medieval Knife, Ipswich”

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”

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”

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)”