A History of Expertise

Suffolk Archaeology CIC is an independent archaeological company based in Needham Market, Suffolk. As the former Field Team of Suffolk County Council we have an unparalleled 40 year history of carrying out archaeological work in Suffolk and East Anglia.

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Commercial Heritage Services

Anglo-Saxon pottery from RAF Lakenheath, SuffolkSuffolk Archaeology offers a comprehensive range of professional heritage services to clients in the private or public sector, ranging from desk-based assessments and historic building surveys, to field investigation such as geophysical survey, archaeological evaluation or full excavation.

Our services are typically designed to help clients obtain planning consent, and to discharge any archaeological conditions that are imposed on development projects. We aim to achieve client satisfaction by carrying out efficient and cost effective projects whilst maintaining the highest archaeological standards.

If you’ve received a request to carry out an archaeological investigation or other heritage survey, or are faced with a condition for archaeological works but don’t know what to do next, then please contact us. We will be happy to take a look at your project and can provide no-obligation cost estimates free of charge.

Public Archaeology

The community excavation at Barber's Point, Friston

As a Community Interest Company Suffolk Archaeology has a strong commitment to promoting the heritage and archaeology of Suffolk to the public and wherever possible we try to actively engage with our local communities.

This includes visiting schools, providing talks and displays about our commercial work, allowing the public to visit our sites via open days, or even by letting volunteers get directly involved by providing training opportunities on our excavations.

We can also help local groups and societies to set up and run their own schemes by providing specialist expertise and support and, where possible, create community field projects ourselves.

Many of our dedicated team of staff have strong personal links to Suffolk or East Anglia and with our close and long-standing connections to a variety of local bodies or interest groups we should be your first choice when it comes to exploring or learning about your local heritage.


Hands on Heritage

A key part of our community work is represented by our partnership with the ‘Hands on Heritage’ woodland Experimental Archaeology Centre at Tunstall, Suffolk. This volunteer staffed project allows young people from 7 years upwards and adults alike the opportunity to experience how people in the past lived and worked together as a community, through a range of 'hands on' activities.


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Case Study: Geophysical Survey at Bungay Castle

Case Study: Geophysical Survey at Bungay Castle

In July and August 2017 we undertook three detailed geophysical surveys within the bailey of Bungay Castle, Bungay, Suffolk at the request of Historic England and the Bungay Castle Trust. The aim of the project was to identify potential archaeological features or former buildings relating to the occupation of the castle, within a 0.24ha area of lawn, and to compare the results from modern equipment with those from a previous geophysical survey carried out in 1990…

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