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”

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”

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)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 6)

Featured image: On-site with Rendlesham Primary School and Kendra the Anglo-Saxon forager Week 6 was a busy one and our volunteers included local school children and a third group of volunteers from Suffolk Mind, as well as members of the general public. Everyone worked together with much enthusiasm to continue to excavate and record theContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 6)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 5)

Featured image: metal detecting on site at Rendlesham © Katie Everard / Suffolk County Council Work continues at Rendlesham, with volunteers excavating, recording and sampling the archaeological features, as well as a new geophysical survey taking place on a nearby field. Alan, one of our very experienced metal detector users, came to site to metalContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 5)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 4)

Featured image: Young people from Suffolk Young Carers join the volunteers on-site © Katie Everard / Suffolk County Council The volunteers continue to make excellent progress excavating and recording the archaeology. This week our team included eight volunteers from Suffolk Family Carers aged 12-14. Throughout the week, they all learnt how to excavate the archaeology,Continue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 4)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 3)

Featured image: A volunteer mentor and Matt recording a post hole The volunteers continue to work hard excavating the archaeological features. This week the volunteers have made a start on the excavation of the remains of the large timber hall. Only the foundation trenches for the walls and post holes now survive, and these areContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 3)”

The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 2)

Featured image: Volunteers cleaning the trenches and excavating a boundary ditch © Darren Olley/Suffolk County Council The trenches are now open and we have welcomed our first volunteers to site. Before we can start to excavate the archaeological features, they needed “cleaning”. This involved our volunteers hoeing the surface of the open trench to removeContinue reading “The Excavations at Rendlesham 2022 (Week 2)”