Keystone Garnet Disc Brooch, Carlton Colville

A magnificent, nearly complete keystone garnet disc brooch was excavated from a grave (Grave 23) which was part of the 7th century Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Bloodmoor Hill, Carlton Colville. This is a local East Anglian made brooch copying the Kentish keystone disc brooches made during the late 6th–early 7th century. The brooch was discovered inContinue reading “Keystone Garnet Disc Brooch, Carlton Colville”

Figurative Animal Pin Heads, Staunch Meadow, Brandon

All the pins date to the 8th-9th Century AD. Some of the depictions on these pins are so abstract that the animal they represent remains a bit of a mystery. Found at the Anglo-Saxon monastic site at Staunch Meadow, Brandon, the three pins (Sf 2161, Sf 2163 and Sf 2297) have flat heads decorated withContinue reading “Figurative Animal Pin Heads, Staunch Meadow, Brandon”

Roman Pottery, Long Melford

A selection of pottery recovered from a group of burials excavated at Long Melford Primary School in 2012. The site produced evidence of a small-scale settlement where craft production and crop cultivation were taking place. The pots are types of Roman table ware and date to the 1st-2nd century BC. Cremation 0254This decorated Samian wareContinue reading “Roman Pottery, Long Melford”

Saxon Escutcheon, Elmswell

During a metal detecting survey over Langwell Bush and Church Field in Elmswell this beautifully decorated escutcheon (hanging bowl mount) was discovered. This particular example dates to the Early Saxon period and would have been deposited within a burial. The escutcheon is made from copper alloy and measures 31mm in diameter and only 2-3mm thick.Continue reading “Saxon Escutcheon, Elmswell”

Enamelled Roman Sandal Brooch, Pakenham

A delicate enamelled brooch in the shape of a Roman sandal or shoe sole, dating to AD 100-200. This brooch was found whilst metal detecting as a part of an excavation in the northern areas of Pakenham Roman small town. The excavations also revealed a high-status building with a hypocaust and possibly a bath house.Continue reading “Enamelled Roman Sandal Brooch, Pakenham”

Neolithic Grooved Ware Vessel, Foxhall

The vessel belongs to a widespread ceramic tradition called Grooved Ware that spanned Britain and Ireland during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. This astonishingly complete vessel was recovered from a Neolithic pit on a site to the East of Foxhall Hall. The site was excavated in 1991 as part of a water purificationContinue reading “Neolithic Grooved Ware Vessel, Foxhall”

Iron Age Bone Weaving Comb, Mildenhall

A weaving comb made of bone, dating to the Middle Iron Age (300-50 BC) . It was discovered in an Iron Age storage pit during excavations at Recreation Way, Mildenhall in 2010. The comb has been carved from a horse’s metapodial (cannon bone), it measures 15.9cm in length and 4cm in width. It still hasContinue reading “Iron Age Bone Weaving Comb, Mildenhall”

Medieval window glass, Bury St. Edmunds

974 fragments of medieval window glass were recovered during the excavations of St. Saviour’s Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Many of the fragments were decorated with floral patterns or inscriptions. The window glass has been coloured in two ways: staining or painting. There are a large variety of colours including: blue, green, ruby and yellow.Continue reading “Medieval window glass, Bury St. Edmunds”

Jet Necklace, Risby

Excavations of a tumulus at Barrow Bottom in 1975 revealed a jet necklace and bracelet in an Early Bronze Age burial. In addition to the jet beads, the burial also contained a bronze bead, a bronze awl, flint tools and an urn that may have contained a human cremation. There were a staggering 151 beadsContinue reading “Jet Necklace, Risby”

Glass and Antler Inkwells from Staunch Meadow, Brandon

Seven internationally important Anglo-Saxon inkwells from the Middle Saxon settlement at Staunch Meadow, Brandon. Six of the inkwells are made from colourful glass and the remaining inkwell was carved from an antler tine (tip). Seven fragments of glass, belonging to six different inkwells were discovered during the excavations. These glass vessels were cylindrical in shapeContinue reading “Glass and Antler Inkwells from Staunch Meadow, Brandon”