Rendlesham Community Fieldwork

Since 2008, Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service have been investigating the royal Anglo-Saxon settlement at Rendlesham

Archaeological investigations are now continuing with three seasons of fieldwork until 2024 throughout the Deben valley, as part of the community archaeology project, Rendlesham Revealed.

There are opportunities for local people to volunteer and get involved. But if you are unable to join us in-person, you can follow our journey and share in our discoveries through online videos and regular blog posts throughout the season. 

Please note, the Rendlesham site is on private farmland and has no public access.

Discover more below about the previous and upcoming fieldwork taking place at Rendlesham, with links to articles, videos and more.

Archaeological Excavations 2021

This summer is the first season of excavations and we will be investigating the wider area of the Anglo-Saxon settlement, so we can better understand the range of activity and what life was like during the 5th to 8th centuries.

Book your space now to help us excavate this unique site. You will be with professional archaeologists in the trenches, receiving hands-on training and experiencing real-time discoveries. Be prepared for physical work and all weather conditions!

Activity on-site each day will vary depending on what archaeology is found, but you can expect to get involved in things like digging, trowelling, sieving soil, recording and washing and processing finds. Training and support will be provided by Cotswold Archaeology (Suffolk).

There is a small charge of £5 per space to attend. This contribution will help towards the cost of training. Suitable for ages 12+ (under 18s to be accompanied by a paying adult).

Covid-19 Notice: Everyone must follow covid-19 prevention measures while on-site to protect themselves and others, even if you have been vaccinated. See booking page for more details.

gold and garnet anglo-saxon bead from Rendlesham


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