Ipswich Urban Archaeological Database (UAD)
In an exciting new project funded by Historic England, Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service are creating a map-linked, publicly accessible Urban Archaeological Database (UAD) for Ipswich.
Ipswich has a rich archaeological heritage and is of international importance because of its status as one of only four Middle Saxon ‘emporia’ or ‘wic’ sites in England. The others are London, Southampton and York. These sites displayed urban characteristics in the AD 700s and were trading with continental Europe.
This project will collate and enhance information relating to archaeological aspects of Ipswich Borough’s historic environment. Waterlogged remains along the waterfront relate to successive phases of reclamation of the River Orwell, and the town has an 8th-century street pattern, a 10th-century defensive circuit and was the centre of an important Anglo-Saxon pottery-making industry - the so-called 'Ipswich Ware'. The project will cover the whole of Ipswich Borough and include the prehistoric, Roman and earlier Anglo-Saxon remains, relating to the contexts in which Ipswich developed, as well as the medieval suburban area and archaeology of the later expansion of the town.
The project builds on a previous collaboration between Suffolk County Council and Historic England which recently made the Ipswich 1974–1990 Excavation Archive freely accessible online via the Archaeology Data Service. The UAD will sit within the Suffolk County Council Historic Environment Record and have a map and subject-based search interface to aid researchers.
Suffolk County Council are collaborating with Ipswich Borough Council to deliver the project.