Fieldwork Investigation

Suffolk Archaeology can provide a full range of archaeological field investigation techniques to either establish a sites potential for archaeological deposits or to record such deposits in full prior to development…

Trial-trench evaluation

Trial trenching at Fornham All Saints, Suffolk

Trial trench investigation is usually the principle or final stage in establishing the character, extent, quality and preservation of a sites archaeological resource or other heritage assets, and is typically required for the purposes of assessing the implication of heritage issues for a sites development and the formulating of an appropriate conservation or mitigation strategy.



Evaluation trial trenching at Brightwell, SuffolkSuffolk Archaeology can carry out any size of evaluation project, from the smallest single 10m trench through to the 5% investigation of c.100ha+ developments. Our comprehensive, fully illustrated, project reports typically determine the presence or absence of archaeological or palaeoenvironmental deposits on a site, and provide sufficient evidence to allow the planning authority and its Archaeological Advisor to make informed decisions as to the impact of development proposals, and for the client to ascertain potential cost and time implications.

Archaeological excavation/ ‘Strip and Map’ recording

A series of excavation areas along the Lowestoft northern spine roadWe are able to carry out all sizes and types of archaeological field excavation, from complex urban multi-period sites to extensive rural landscapes, in advance of all types of development. We recognise that the full excavation of a site can be a significant exercise in terms of time and cost for our client and consistently strive to reduce such factors through our use of experienced local staff and efficient project management.



Bronze Age cremation urn at Flixton, Suffolk

Excavating a horse burial, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Monitoring/ Watching Briefs

We can provide on-site monitoring of development groundworks, such as building footings or service trenches, to identify and record any archaeological deposits present. Our flexible and reactive service can provide cover at short notice, or deal quickly with any unexpected archaeological remains, to ensure that developments can proceed smoothly.

Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental sampling

Monolith column sampling on the River Dove floodplain at Eye, Suffolk

Sampling of archaeological and environmental deposits usually takes place as a part of evaluation or excavation projects. We can collect bulk or column samples for a wide range of assessment and analysis types, including plant macrofossils, pollen, foraminifera, etc. and acquisition of radiocarbon dates. We can also liaise with, and commission, specialist sub-contractors for more complex palaeoenvironmental sampling programs either as an element of a broader scheme or a stand-alone project.

Case study

Excavation of the medieval wool industry of Lavenham, Suffolk

The Swan Hotel at Lavenham, Suffolk

Suffolk Archaeology (as the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Field Team) undertook phases of evaluation and excavation fieldwork prior to the construction of a spa on land to the rear of the Swan Hotel, in Lavenham, Suffolk.

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Case study

Excavation of medieval occupation evidence in Poslingford, Suffolk

Excavation at Poslingford, Suffolk

Suffolk Archaeology's excavation of a small rural site ahead of the construction works for new houses is a typical example of how archaeological investigation associated with modern development can be used to investigate and record the history of our local communities.

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Excavation of Roman occupation at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk

Excavating an animal burial at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk

This project, carried out in advance of residential development, identified evidence of prehistoric and Roman occupation, including an unusual linear series of eight complete or near complete animal burials, consisting of a horse, a pig or boar and six cows.

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