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 Service's Response to COVID-19 Situation and advice relating to accessing our services

(updated 25th March 2020)

The Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS) offices are closed to visitors due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are still working and responding to enquiries. You can contact us:

  • by phone on 01284 741230 between 9am and 5pm, Mondays to Fridays
  • by email on

Due to the ongoing situation, there is likely to be a delay in our response to your enquiries, please bear with us. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Specific advice relating to Archives, Finds Recording, Historic Environment Record and Development Management is outlined below:


Advice for commercial units: The archive store is closed and we are unable to receive depositions for the foreseeable future. Please do send numbers of boxes prepared for deposition when ready, as these will be added to the list to enable us to organise the deposition as quickly as possible once the archives reopen.

Advice for researchers: We can still accommodate requests to use the paper archives as these can be sent digitally. If you wish to access the paper collections, please contact Julie Kennard directly to request items for digitisation: or 07860833121

Finds Recording

Advice on reporting finds and potential Treasure.

Following the latest government social distancing guidance, advising everyone to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS, please do not metal detect during the current situation. All metal-detecting including rallies should be cancelled.

We are no longer meeting with finders in person or undertaking outreach work until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will let you know when such meetings can begin again, although this is not likely to be for several months. The Suffolk FLOs will still be working and contactable by phone and e-mail to answer any queries you may have, and advise on self-recording.

We ask finders to hold on to all their non-Treasure finds for full recording at a later date. Suffolk FLOs cannot send or receive finds by post, please do not post your finds as they will not be received.

Please ensure that you keep a detailed record of the findspot in accordance with the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal-Detecting in England and Wales for full recording at a later date. 

Under the Treasure Act 1996, it is a legal obligation for the finder to report potential Treasure. For all new finds of potential Treasure, finders must notify their local Finds Liaison Officer ( and/or British Museum treasure team (in England) by email (, with photographs of the object and full details of the findspot, finders' and landowners' details, and await further instructions. The necessary precautions in place at the moment mean that there may be delays in the Treasure process.

We thank finders, landowners, occupiers and everyone involved in the process for their understanding, patience and cooperation during this time.

Historic Environment Record (HER)

The HER will continue to respond to email and phone enquiries. 

Please use the online form for HER data requests and site code requests

Development Management

The Development Management team will continue to respond to email and phone enquiries.

Please use the online form to request an archaeological brief and specification.

To discuss ongoing site work, please contact your assigned archaeological officer.

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