Grey Literature

Suffolk Archaeology regularly produces unpublished site reports, known as ‘grey literature’, for all of our projects, from the smallest monitoring to the largest excavation. We have an archive of over 3000 reports deriving from our history as the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service Field Team and produce from 150 to 250 new reports each year.

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You can explore our grey literature report library by using the map above, which allows you to filter projects by type or by archaeological period. Select a project to see a brief site summary and an option to download the report.

New completed projects are added on a regular basis and we aim to include our archive of SCCAS/FT projects in the coming months. At present the map shows reports for 2008-2015 and parts of 2007 and 2016.

For the sake of clarity the map excludes many of our smaller monitoring and evaluation projects which had negative results, although sometimes a negative result can itself be of interest. On occasion there are also projects which may be excluded or delayed for reasons of an archaeological or commercial nature. If you know of, and are interested in, a particular project that is not shown then please contact us.

The size and nature of these documents varies widely but typically consists of either assessment or archive reports which are produced primarily for the client to meet planning requirements, and for the relevant county Historic Environment Record. Some fieldwork reports, such as evaluations, monitorings and minor excavations serve as final project archives, and contain the full dataset, analysis and interpretation for a site. For larger projects the reports usually consist of an initial assessment of the site data with a research design for further analysis, and then a subsequent analysis/archive report which will form the basis for any publication.

A summary list of all reports displayed on the map can be downloaded here.

Suffolk Archaeology Reports

Other Resources

OASIS

Since c.2004 all Suffolk Archaeology projects have been routinely entered into the national Online Access to the Index of Archaeological Investigations scheme (OASIS), with digital reports uploaded on project completion. Some 1500 of our reports are also now available via this project in the grey literature library of the Archaeology Data Service.


HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT RECORDS

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Hard copies of all Suffolk Archaeology site reports are also lodged with the relevant county Historic Environment Record, the regional databases of all known archaeological sites, monuments, historic buildings and parks and gardens. Reports for an HER are usually accompanied by the physical site archives, where they are available for public access and research.

Suffolk HER website

Norfolk HER website

Essex HER website

Cambridgeshire HER website

You can also search public versions of the HER’s for Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex online or via the national Heritage Gateway.


HISTORIC ENGLAND

If you want to find out about Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments or other protected sites in England then visit the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) website hosted by Historic England.


PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME

The Portable Antiquities Scheme encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales to its national network of Finds Liaison Officers. To find out more or to search the PAS database visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website.