Suffolk Archaeology recognises that publication of the results of our archaeological investigations is an essential part of our work, and that we have a responsibility to disseminate such research to as broad an audience as possible.
The primary series in which our projects appear is East Anglian Archaeology (EAA), which publishes sites or projects making a significant contribution to archaeological research in the East of England region. EAA volumes are academically refereed by an editorial board of senior archaeologists and are published in association with ALGAO East (Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers).
Our most recent published EAA volumes are listed below. You can also find out about some of our forthcoming publications that are currently being produced. The EAA series is published by Oxbow Books, with most available to purchase on their website.
The results of our projects may also be published in a variety of period or thematic based journals, whether as complete site reports or in contributions to broader period or finds studies.
Minor projects which warrant publication to a wider audience than that of a ‘grey literature’ site report are often submitted as illustrated papers for inclusion in the annual journals of the relevant counties archaeological or historical society.
This synthetic report presents the results of the large-scale excavations carried out during 1993–4 at the Roman settlement at Scole, in advance of construction of the A140/A143 bypasses …Read more
This volume is the first in a series that will cover the extensive and significant archaeological deposits 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 …Read more
A two volume synthetic report on the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries excavated in four phases at RAF Lakenheath between 1997 and 2008. A total of 426 Early Anglo-Saxon inhumations and 17 cremations have been excavated on three discrete but closely sited burial grounds dating from the second half of the 5th century to the mid-6th, with burials appearing to continue at a single site until c. AD 650. Uniquely at RAF Lakenheath, a successor Middle Anglo-Saxon burial ground has also been located.
These sites represent the largest and best-preserved Anglo-Saxon cemetery group available for modern analysis not only in East Anglia but effectively within England. Many of the earlier burials were furnished with personal items characteristic of the period: weaponry with the men; conspicuous dress-accessories with the women. As well as the familiar, more spectacular finds include two horses, one adorned with a splendid gilded bridle, four swords, shears, buckets and imported brooches. The comprehensive study of the chronological development of Anglo-Saxon culture and burial rites as demonstrated by this cemetery will have wide-reaching implications for the many local, regional and national cemeteries previously excavated and those to come.
The presence of the nationally important horse and warrior burial achieved international publicity and offers a tangible link to the burial rites of the Continent, while the unique occurrence of an Anglo-Saxon horse bridle found in position on the horse’s head offers the best opportunity so far to examine Early Anglo-Saxon horsemanship and its military and social role.
The cemetery excavations form part of an almost continuous sequence of archaeological projects undertaken at RAF Lakenheath over the past 20 years and proposals for two further EAA volumes covering other discoveries are in preparation. The first proposal will be for a volume covering the prehistoric evidence (Mesolithic flint work and an Early Neolithic cremation, two clusters of Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age pits containing Beaker pottery and three burials of probably the same period buried under a circular mound, and a second adjacent barrow which later became the focus for the Middle Saxon cemetery, and scattered pit clusters dating from the mid to late Iron Age. The second proposed volume will cover the extensive evidence for Late Iron Age and Roman settlement, dispersed Anglo-Saxon settlement, Middle Anglo-Saxon occupation and evidence of an agricultural landscape across all periods.
This volume will cover excavations elsewhere in Flixton quarry, which revealed Neolithic and Bronze Age funerary monuments, occupation evidence of prehistoric, Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon date, and a large assemblage of finds. More recent remains include those associated with Flixton Hall and its surrounding parklands, and evidence for First World War training activity.
(Joanna Caruth and John Craven)
This volume will cover the 2007 excavation of a previously unknown Early Anglo-Saxon settlement lying across 12 acres (4.72ha) of farmland earmarked for new playing fields at Hartismere School in Eye. The site is one of only a handful of such sites to be intensively excavated in the county, and the first in north-central Suffolk.
Evidence of dispersed early Anglo-Saxon settlement was found across the majority of the excavation, consisting of two earth-fast posthole buildings and at least eighteen Sunken Featured Buildings (SFBs or Grubenhäuser) as well as industrial features, a utilised gully and large quantities of occupation debris. The main dating evidence comes from the Anglo-Saxon small finds and pottery which suggest occupation from the 5th to 7th centuries, but with the most intense activity in the 5th and 6th centuries. At the settlement centre is what appears to be a continental-style long-house. This is of particular significance because such buildings of this date are so far absent from the archaeological record in England and, assuming the detailed analysis confirms the preliminary dating, this discovery is of international importance for studies of Anglo-Saxon archaeology and history.
(Stuart Boulter, John Craven, Mark Sommers)
This volume will consist of seven reports on a number of recent excavations in Suffolk which for the most part share a common theme. The main papers will present parts of two significant Early Bronze Age funerary landscapes and associated burials at Great Cornard and Hadleigh, and the re-use of these monuments during the early Anglo-Saxon period. In addition, four smaller reports covering single phased Bronze Age funerary monuments at Ipswich, Alderton and Wherstead will also be included, with the addition of a small seventh report which shows the results of work done on a small Bronze Age/Iron Age funerary site at Lakenheath, concentrating on the Bronze Age component.