Cropmark of Stoke church Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Worked flint Bronze Age burial at Eriswell Framlingham castle from the air Pottery vessels in situ at Leiston Flint tool from Southery Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Cropmarks in Stoke-by-Nayland

Archaeological Archives

Archaeological fieldwork in Suffolk has been producing a vast collection of finds and documents since the 1970s. Suffolk County Council Archaeological Archive is the main repository for this legacy material, and continues to collect material from current excavations throughout the county to ensure their preservation and availability for future generations to research.

We hold all parts of the archaeological record including;

•    Written records
•    Drawings and maps 
•    Photographs, microfiches and x-rays 
•    Finds
•    Digital records

We have several collections of regional and national importance, including the archive from the Middle Saxon settlement at Brandon and those from the Roman small towns of Scole and Pakenham. We also have some of the older archives from the county, such as those generated by Grace Lady Briscoe and Basil Brown. 

We readily encourage the use of our archives, and can accommodate most enquiries. We regularly have students and researchers study our collections, with topics ranging from assessments of Bronze Age hoards, Mesolithic flints, Roman intaglios and even carbonised bread rolls! Studies into human remains and animal bone assemblages are also very popular. 

In addition to providing access to site archives for research we can also loan material to museums for temporary exhibitions, so local museums can display recently excavated archaeological material without the burden of long-term storage requirements.

Our 'From The Vaults' series, featuring finds from our archives can be accessed here

Please feel free to contact us if there is something you would like to see using the contact details below.

Contact details:

If you have any enquiries about the archives, or would like to visit our stores please contact Faye Minter via email ( by phone (01284 741228). 

Please be aware that visits to our stores are by appointment during weekday office hours.

Guidance documents:

Our Guidelines for Preparation and Deposition of archives can be downloaded here.

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