News

Here you can find out what's happening at Suffolk Archaeology, including news of our current or recent projects in the field, updates on the progress of our post-excavation investigations and forthcoming publications, and information about any future events such as upcoming community digs or talks and presentations in which you could get involved.


Join Suffolk Archaeology: Graphics Officer

Join Suffolk Archaeology: Graphics Officer
Thursday, November 16th, 2017

We are seeking to recruit a full-time Graphics Officer on a permanent contract. This vacancy provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced archaeological illustrator to join this vibrant and developing company to manage and develop the graphics output, taking the lead with regard to graphic content and layout of client reports and full publications, educational material and supporting promotional and outreach material for the company …

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Case Study: Geophysical Survey at Bungay Castle

Case Study: Geophysical Survey at Bungay Castle
Monday, October 9th, 2017

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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Outreach Projects, Summer 2017

Outreach Projects, Summer 2017
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Over the course of the summer we have been involved with several projects/events as part of our ongoing commitment to engaging the public in the work that we do.

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Archaeology Today Conference

Archaeology Today Conference
Friday, May 26th, 2017

Suffolk Archaeology CIC held its first conference at the historic Quay Place (formerly St Mary at the Quay), at the waterfront in Ipswich on 13th May 2017. The event was a great success with over 100 people attending the presentation by our guest speakers of a wide range of heritage and archaeology projects from around Suffolk.

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Outreach Projects: Summer/Autumn 2016

Outreach Projects: Summer/Autumn 2016
Friday, November 4th, 2016

We have had a busy summer and autumn and, in addition to open days linked to two of our excavations at Isleham, Cambridgeshire and Fornham All Saints, Suffolk, we have been able to carry out or support several other projects and events in which the general public have been able to get involved …

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Case Study: Geophysical Survey at West Row Road, Mildenhall

Case Study: Geophysical Survey at West Row Road, Mildenhall
Sunday, October 30th, 2016

In September and October 2016 detailed fluxgate gradiometer survey covering c. 22.5 hectares on four fields adjacent to West Row Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk was carried out as a first stage of works to assess the impact of a proposed planning application …

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Excavation at Isleham, Cambridgeshire

Excavation at Isleham, Cambridgeshire
Friday, October 28th, 2016

On 22nd October over 160 visitors came to see our display, held in partnership with the Isleham Society at the Beeches Community Centre in Isleham, of the results of a small excavation we carried out in the village during May 2016

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Suffolk Archaeology joins the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists

Suffolk Archaeology joins the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Suffolk Archaeology is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Registered Organisation (RO) with the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists (CIfA).

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Geophysical Survey at Sutton Hoo

Geophysical Survey at Sutton Hoo
Friday, June 10th, 2016

In late March 2016 Suffolk Archaeology carried out two Geophysics open days at Garden Field, Sutton Hoo, allowing visitors to the famous National Trust site to learn about how such surveys are carried out. Two types of equipment were used, a magnetometer and a magnetic susceptibility meter …

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Open Days in Fornham All Saints and Kentford

Open Days in Fornham All Saints and Kentford
Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Over 500 visitors came to our recent public events in Suffolk; the first of a planned series of Open Days at our major Iron Age and Roman excavation in Fornham All Saints, and a display of the excavation results from our 2015 excavation of an Anglo-Saxon settlement site at Kentford

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Guildhall Feoffment School: an insight into medieval Bury St Edmunds

Guildhall Feoffment School: an insight into medieval Bury St Edmunds
Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Suffolk Archaeology was commissioned to investigate the Guildhall Feoffment school site in Bury St Edmunds before building works began on a new classroom and kitchen. The school lies in the road system that was set up by Abbot Anselm in the 11th century, placing it firmly within the core of the old town. Bury had a large medieval market, and its Abbey was a famous pilgrimage site, making it an important and wealthy regional centre…

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Our latest finds

Our latest finds
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Our team regularly uncovers a wide variety of finds on our fieldwork projects from all periods of human history. Here we highlight some of our most recent and interesting discoveries, both during and immediately after fieldwork or during subsequent cleaning, conservation and analysis …

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A Martabani jar from South-East Asia on Orwell Beach

A Martabani jar from South-East Asia on Orwell Beach
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The remains of an unusual and exotic ceramic vessel collected from an area of the foreshore around Orwell Beach near Shotley, Suffolk has been brought in to us for identification by Claire Lambert, after it was found by her nephew, Dan Lambert

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A group of 19th century clay tobacco pipes from College Street, Bury St Edmunds

A group of 19th century clay tobacco pipes from College Street, Bury St Edmunds
Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Monitoring of groundworks for an extension at the rear of 40 College Street, Bury St Edmunds has identified an assemblage of clay tobacco pipe fragments which will shortly be published in the Society for Clay Pipe Research Newsletter.

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Suffolk Archaeology's 1st birthday and launch of our Report Library

Suffolk Archaeology's 1st birthday and launch of our Report Library
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

This week Suffolk Archaeology celebrated its first birthday since leaving Suffolk County Council and to mark the occasion we're delighted to announce the launch of our grey literature report library, with over 400 of our past reports now available for download in one location for the very first time …

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New service: Geophysical surveying

New service: Geophysical surveying
Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Suffolk Archaeology is delighted to announce that from January 2016 we can now provide in-house geophysical survey services following the recent addition of Tim Schofield, formerly of Britannia Archaeology, to our team. Tim, who has previously been our specialist of choice for the past few years when commissioning geophysical projects, has a wide range of experience in carrying out geophysical survey and interpretation in East Anglia and further afield, and has now joined us with a view to developing our surveying capabilities …

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Excavations at Rougham, Wangford, Hadleigh and Lakenheath

Excavations at Rougham, Wangford, Hadleigh and Lakenheath
Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology is having a busy autumn, with several large rural excavations in progress across Suffolk that are, coincidentally, investigating areas of Iron Age activity and occupation…

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Anglo-Saxon settlement at Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk

Anglo-Saxon settlement at Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk
Thursday, October 8th, 2015

We are now midway through an exciting excavation at Kentford, Suffolk which is revealing a significant archaeological site, a previously unknown intense focus of settlement in the 5th-7th centuries AD …

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Latest work with the Aldeburgh and District Local History Society

Latest work with the Aldeburgh and District Local History Society
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology continues to be involved with the Aldeburgh and District Local History Society (ADLHS), following on from the series of excavations at Barber's Point, Friston …

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Medieval and post-medieval settlement in Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire

Medieval and post-medieval settlement in Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire
Friday, July 17th, 2015

During Spring/Summer 2015 Suffolk Archaeology carried out a trial trench evaluation and excavation on a small 0.12ha vacant plot at Commercial End, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, in advance of residental development …

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Excavation of an early Anglo-Saxon settlement at Culford

Excavation of an early Anglo-Saxon settlement at Culford
Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Our excavation ahead of the development of a new hockey pitch at Culford School, Culford, Suffolk has now drawn to a close…

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Case Study: ‘Touching the Tide’ - Community excavations at Barber’s Point, Friston, Suffolk

Case Study: ‘Touching the Tide’ - Community excavations at Barber’s Point, Friston, Suffolk
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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) …

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Case Study: ‘Managing a Masterpiece’ – Test pits and fieldwalking at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk

Case Study: ‘Managing a Masterpiece’ – Test pits and fieldwalking at Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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)’

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Case Study: ‘The Story of Hoxne’ – A Test Pit weekend at Hoxne, Suffolk

Case Study: ‘The Story of Hoxne’ – A Test Pit weekend at Hoxne, Suffolk
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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…

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Case Study: Community excavation at RAF Lakenheath

Case Study: Community excavation at RAF Lakenheath
Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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…

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Since leaving Suffolk County Council at the start of February 2015 we have been hard at work with a team from Trebuchet in creating a brand new website for Suffolk Archaeology CIC. We hope you like it…

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Case Study (Excavation): The medieval wool industry of Lavenham, Suffolk

Case Study (Excavation): The medieval wool industry of Lavenham, Suffolk
Monday, June 1st, 2015

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 on behalf of TA Hotel Collection in late 2013/early 2014…

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Case Study (Excavation): Roman occupation at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk

Case Study (Excavation): Roman occupation at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk
Monday, June 1st, 2015

This excavation, carried out ahead of the development of a housing estate which was largely replacing an earlier estate of pre-fab houses, is a typical example of how hitherto unknown prehistoric and Roman sites can be discovered within our rural villages …

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Case Study (Survey): World War II uncovered - 'Touching the Tide'

Case Study (Survey): World War II uncovered - 'Touching the Tide'
Monday, June 1st, 2015

As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Touching the Tide’ Suffolk Archaeology carried out a survey of WWII heritage assets of the Suffolk coastline at Bawdsey, Sizewell and Walberswick.

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Case Study (Desk-based Assessment): Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk

Case Study (Desk-based Assessment): Princes Street, Ipswich, Suffolk
Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology prepared an archaeological Desk Based Assessment in advance of a planning application for proposed office development on an area of open ground off of Princes Street, to the south-west of Ipswich town centre …

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Case Study (Historic Building Recording): Lodge Farm, Wyverstone, Suffolk

Case Study (Historic Building Recording): Lodge Farm, Wyverstone, Suffolk
Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology commissioned a historic building survey which was required on an application for the partial demolition and conversion of a redundant farm building complex to residential use…

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Case Study (Excavation): Medieval occupation in Poslingford, Suffolk

Case Study (Excavation): Medieval occupation in Poslingford, Suffolk
Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology's excavation of a small rural site in Poslingford, Suffolk, 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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Case Study: EUN 035 Wash Pits Field, Euston, Suffolk

Case Study: EUN 035 Wash Pits Field, Euston, Suffolk
Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Suffolk Archaeology (as the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Field Team) undertook the excavation of a local post-medieval brick-making site at Euston, Suffolk in the summer of 2014, in advance of the creation of a farm reservoir. The project followed phases of desktop, geophysical and trial trench survey which had identified two kilns and associated clay quarry pits, settling ponds and drainage networks, all thought to be associated with the rebuilding of the Euston Estate manor house and other buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Two extant ponds were presumed to be the eponymous ‘wash pits’, which were used in the clay purification process…

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