A community test pitting event took place at Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk, over the 27th and 28th October, 2012. This was run by Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service and The Stour Valley Landscape Partnership as part of the Managing a Masterpiece scheme.
The test pitting revealed a small number of prehistoric and Roman finds - pottery, worked flints and Ceramic Building Material (CBM). The prehistoric material indicates a low level of background activity, with the Roman CBM as well as that recorded in the church and a local house suggesting the presence of a nearby Roman building. There were gradually increasing levels of finds from the 12th century onwards with a peak of artefactual material from the post-medieval period, mainly consisting of pottery and CBM. The medieval and post-medieval finds, as well as the map evidence and surviving buildings may show shifts in the focus of occupation from the north-west to the south-east of the village. They also indicate typical domestic occupation throughout these periods, as well as agriculture, medieval businesses organised from the guildhall, and industry in the form of medieval malting and post-medieval smithing