Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk
Over the past year, the Archaeological Service at Suffolk County Council have been developing a community archaeology project called Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This will be a 4-year community archaeology project which will explore the irreplaceable archaeology of the Deben valley in the heart of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia; home to the princely burials of Sutton Hoo and the site of the royal palace recently discovered at Rendlesham.
The project will build on and create new partnerships with local, regional and national organisations to directly engage local residents, schools, young people, landowners and volunteers from south-east Suffolk and Ipswich. Together we will connect the unique stories of these royal sites, putting them into the context of the wider Anglo-Saxon communities of which they were part. The knowledge gained about Anglo-Saxon life and death will be internationally significant.
The project is only in its 1-year Development Phase at the moment. Over this past year to progress our plans, we have undertaken an archaeological desk-based assessment, consultation with many informal partners, stakeholders, community groups and the public, as well as community training sessions in archaeological survey with local volunteers.
Following a (hopefully successful) second round application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a further £500,000 this August, we hope to run the project from 2020-2023.
When the project starts in 2020, there will be opportunities to be involved and trained in on-site archaeological survey and excavation, as well as experimental archaeology activities and workshops.
We'll be in touch again in January 2020 with more details, after we find out whether the National Lottery Heritage Fund application is successful.
In the meantime, keep reading to find out about some upcoming archaeology events happening in Suffolk.