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”

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?”

Geoarchaeology Fieldwork at Rendlesham, 2021

What was the environment like in the past? Was the course of the river Deben different and was it navigable all the way up to Rendlesham?  These are very good questions and ones that we are hoping to answer as part of our community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed. In June/July 2021, we conducted an augerContinue reading “Geoarchaeology Fieldwork at Rendlesham, 2021”

Research Dig at Freston’s Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure

In 2019, a team from the Freston Archaeological Research Mission investigated the Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Freston. They wanted to know more about the date of the site, what was happening there and what the local environment was like in the past. Dr Tristan Carter, our guest writer for this week, tells us all aboutContinue reading “Research Dig at Freston’s Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure”

Geophysical Survey at Rendlesham

A geophysical survey was undertaken by volunteers to investigate the archaeology at Rendlesham, where there is a large Anglo-Saxon settlement – the aim was to see whether this activity extended into this new area. During a very cold week in January 2019, local volunteers joined the Archaeological Service in Rendlesham to learn how to conductContinue reading “Geophysical Survey at Rendlesham”

Fieldwalking Survey at Rendlesham

In 2019, the Archaeological Service and University of East Anglia conducted a fieldwalking survey with help from the local primary school to investigate the archaeology at Rendlesham. In April 2019, the Year 5 students at Rendlesham Primary School were asked to help the Archaeological Service with their archaeological investigations by taking part in a fieldwalkingContinue reading “Fieldwalking Survey at Rendlesham”

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”