Wherever possible Suffolk Archaeology tries to actively engage with our local communities, whether by running our own projects in which anyone can take part,or by helping local community groups or individuals with their own projects…
With these projects we aim to provide a positive archaeological or learning experience for as many people as possible. We can act as advisors providing informal advice and guidance, loans of equipment or subsidised staff time, or a full range of commercial services to those local individuals, groups or societies who have gained a source of funding.
We also endeavour to make sure that any community project achieves a high archaeological standard, in keeping with any professional investigation, with findings made available through proper reporting and inclusion on the Historic Environment Record. This is because archaeology is a destructive process and if not recorded the information is lost forever.
When plans were made to redevelop a vacant area that lay between past excavations of Iron Age, Roman and early Anglo-Saxon settlement at RAF Lakenheath the opportunity arose to carry out the required excavation as a community project involving base personnel and their families.
Suffolk Archaeology for several years has been assisting the Aldeburgh and District Local History Society in a series of community excavations at Barber’s Point, Friston, the last taking place during September 2013 with funding from Touching the Tide (Heritage Lottery Fund).
When the Hoxne Heritage Group, as a part of their Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘The Story of Hoxne’ decided to run an archaeological community event, Suffolk Archaeology, as Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS), were employed to provide professional advice and supervision.
Suffolk Archaeology, as Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS), was commissioned to carry out two community archaeology projects for the Managing a Masterpiece’ scheme, a 3 year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Landscape Partnership which aimed to ‘conserve, celebrate and improve understanding of the Stour Valley, including the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)’.