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 …
At the end of September 2015 Jezz Meredith and Ruth Beveridge joined over 20 members of the society for a days fieldwalking survey in Aldeburgh, helping to organise the survey itself and managing the onsite processing/washing of the finds. These will now be catalogued and identified by our finds team in the next few weeks.
Earlier this year on 7th May a conference was held at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh to discuss the results of the recent community project at Barber's Point, Friston. The event, which was hosted by Bill Jenman of Touching the Tide, the Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme that had funded the project, and Tony Bone of ADLHS, saw the launch of a booklet ‘Life and Death at Barber’s Point: a Saxon cemetery on the cusp of Christianity' which describes the exciting discoveries made during the excavations.
Suffolk Archaeology's Jezz Meredith, who had led the fieldwork and co-authored the booklet, outlined the excavations and the most recent discoveries to the audience. Other speakers included Ian Riddler who had analysed the small finds and offered interpretations for the initial burial rite and Dr Richard Hoggett, the Suffolk County Council Historic Environment Record officer, who discussed Barber’s Point within the context of the Alde valley during the Saxon period.
The project as a whole continues to attract attention and was again covered in the local press. The booklet itself is available for £2.50 (includes p&p) from Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1PE.