Late Saxon occupation, a medieval cemetery and post-medieval pits and industry at Fore Street, Ipswich

Featured Image: The possible sawyer’s pit, showing irregular post-holes close to the sides, which would have held posts supporting a plank lining, and central shallow ‘pits’ where the underdog would have placed his feet. © SCCAS This guest blog is written by Sue Anderson, a freelance archaeological specialist at Spoilheap Archaeology. Sue has been analysingContinue reading “Late Saxon occupation, a medieval cemetery and post-medieval pits and industry at Fore Street, Ipswich”

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”

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”

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Oulton

A large Anglo-Saxon cemetery, dating back as early as the 6th Century, has been excavated near Oulton ahead of housing development. Over 200 sets of remains were discovered, with some graves containing copper-alloy brooches, wrist clasps, strings of beads made of amber and glass, small iron knives and silver pennies. The excavation of such cemeteriesContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Oulton”

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”

Gaming Pieces, Exning

Seventeen gaming pieces were discovered in the grave of a female toddler (Grave 5) buried at the Exning Anglo-Saxon cemetery, dating to the late 6th to early 7th century AD. All but one of the pieces recovered from the grave were made from antler or animal bone. Four different styles of gaming piece were identified,Continue reading “Gaming Pieces, Exning”

Anglo-Saxon Boat burial, Snape

This boat burial (Grave 47) was excavated from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Snape. This burial belongs to a young, even adolescent, man and dates to the c. 6th Century AD. It is certain that the man was of high social standing despite his young age, as he was buried within a log boat adorned withContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Boat burial, Snape”

Burial Assemblage from Barber’s Point, Friston

A community excavation at Barbers Point, Friston, revealed a burial belonging to a 16 year old Anglo-Saxon young woman. The burial, dating to AD 600, is part of a cemetery that was discovered at the site. What is remarkable about this particular grave was the deposition of an unusual assemblage of grave goods, including preservedContinue reading “Burial Assemblage from Barber’s Point, Friston”

Anglo-Saxon Burial, Snape

The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Snape has been investigated since 1862. With a range of burials, including cremations, inhumations and a ship burial, this cemetery provides a wealth of information on how Anglo-Saxons buried their people. People were being buried in this cemetery between the mid-6th century and the early 7th Century AD. This article focusesContinue reading “Anglo-Saxon Burial, Snape”