Post-excavation Assessment, Analytical Research and Publication

Suffolk Archaeology can carry out detailed assessment and analysis for all types of archaeological/historical investigation and can produce a range of reports and publications to suit individual projects and planning requirements. Our experienced in-house Finds Team is able to deal with all types of material collected during programs of archaeological fieldwork in the East Anglian region, from both our own projects and those of other archaeological contractors or local community/interest groups…

Finds processing, assessment and analysis

Suffolk Archaeology is able to process all kinds of archaeological finds, ready for identification and quantification, using our bespoke facilities at Needham Market.

Spindlewhorls from Ipswich, SuffolkWe offer high quality specialist finds assessment and analysis on a wide variety of artefact types such as all periods of pottery and ceramic building material (including Roman painted wall plaster), metalwork, worked flint and faunal remains. We also maintain strong relationships with a range of largely independent regional external specialists in areas such as human skeletal remains and metalwork, and can commission any other specific types of finds analysis or laboratory work such as X-rays or scientific dating techniques (radiocarbon, dendrochronology, optical spin luminescence etc) through our extensive contacts with the archaeological profession throughout the UK.

Artefact photography and illustration

Our team can undertake studio digital or film photography, or hand-drawn illustration, of individual artefacts or collections. The resulting imagery forms part of the record for each artefact in the project archive and is suitable for reproduction in our full range of reports and publications.

Illustration of worked flints from Flixton, Suffolk Anglo-Saxon brooch photograph, RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk Report illustration of Roman pottery

Artefact conservation and archiving

Our team routinely carries out cleaning and stabilisation of a range of archaeological artefacts, and can provide interim storage in our controlled stores prior to submission of archives to a public archaeological depository or museum facility.

Anglo-Saxon spear X-rays from the RAF Lakenheath cemeteries Anglo-Saxon shield boss X-rays from the RAF Lakenheath cemeteries

Environmental sample processing and assessment

Suffolk Archaeology's finds and environmental processing facilitiesSuffolk Archaeology is able to process bulk environmental samples from archaeological fieldwork. The flotation of samples is carried out in bespoke facilities at our store, and assessment or analysis of flot residues by our in-house team. Where necessary we liaise with a variety of specialist environmental experts to commission specific types of palaeo-environmental analysis and scientific dating.

Reporting and Publication

Suffolk Archaeology can prepare a full range of archaeological reports of fieldwork results, from our in-house unpublished client reports, to publication in regional journals or monograph series. All reporting is supported by our in-house graphic design team.

Fieldwork assessment and archive reports

Known as ‘grey literature’ we produce detailed assessment or final archive reports for all fieldwork projects. These include site description and background research, the presentation of archaeological results supported by detailed catalogues and graphical illustration, and interpretative discussion or preparation of further research programs. Grey literature reports are primarily produced for clients and planning authorities to enable discharge of planning conditions, but are usually made available to the public via our website library, the local Historic Environment Record and the Archaeology Data Service.

Grey literature library


Site monographs for series such as East Anglian Archaeology or specialist papers for regional/national or periodic journals.


Outreach literature

Suffolk Archaeology can produce a wide range of content for disseminating archaeological work to the general public. This can include articles for newspapers or magazines, local interest newsletters, information boards, posters or leaflets.

Graphic design and illustration

Our graphic design team collates and processes all GIS site data, and digitises all hand-recorded data from fieldwork. Detailed site plans and other technical drawings are compiled using CAD software for use in site analysis, report illustration or archival deposition.

Report location plan from excavations of medieval settlement site at Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk Report site plan from excavations of medieval settlement site at Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk Report section drawings from excavations of medieval settlement site at Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk

Case study

Excavations at Flixton: Circles and Cemeteries (EAA 147 Volume 1)

This volume is the first in a series that will cover the extensive and significant archaeological deposits that are still being excavated and recorded at Flixton quarry on the south side of the Waveney Valley. Volume I describes remains of prehistoric, Late Iron Age/Early Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon date.