Grey Literature

The Cotswold Archaeology Suffolk office, in its former guises as the SCC Archaeological Service Field Team and Suffolk Archaeology CIC, regularly produced unpublished site reports, known as ‘grey literature’, for all of its projects, from the smallest monitoring to the largest excavation, and now has an archive of over c.4000 reports.

Suffolk Archaeology

Suffolk Archaeology CIC joined Cotswold Archaeology in April 2019 and continues to offer a full range of archaeological services. Established in 1989, Cotswold Archaeology is a Top Four supplier of professional archaeology and heritage services in the UK.

Grey Literature Report Library

The Cotswold Archaeology Suffolk office, in its former guises as the SCC Archaeological Service Field Team (SCCAS/FT and Suffolk Archaeology CIC, regularly produced unpublished site reports, known as ‘grey literature’, for all of its projects from the smallest monitoring to the largest excavation, and by March 2019 had an archive of over c.4000 reports. You can explore the 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.

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The map shows SCCAS/FT projects from 1992 to 2014 and Suffolk Archaeology CIC projects from 2015 to 2019. A few historic reports, particularly those from 2018/2019, are still to be uploaded and will appear in due course. For the sake of clarity the map excludes many of the 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 have been excluded or delayed for reasons of an archaeological or commercial nature.

The size and nature of these documents varies widely - for instance it is interesting to see how the nature of the reports developed since the early 1990's - but they typically consist of either assessment or archive reports which were 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 formed the basis for any publication.

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

Suffolk Archaeology Reports

To view Cotswold Archaeology reports go to

Cotswold Archaeology Reports online

Other Resources

OASIS

Since c.2004 all projects were routinely entered into the national Online Access to the Index of Archaeological Investigations scheme (OASIS), with digital reports uploaded on project completion. Some 2000+ 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 site reports were 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

Colchester HER website

You can also search public versions of the HER’s for Suffolk, Norfolk, and Colchester 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.