Fieldwalking is a non-intrusive method of archaeological survey whereby artefacts are systematically recovered from the surface of a ploughed field and recorded, which can help to indicate what buried archaeological evidence might be hiding underneath the soil.
Fieldwalking in the Deben Valley - 2021
Summer 2021 saw more fieldwalking take place as part of the Rendlesham Revealed project. The fieldwalking took place over 9 days near to an area of archaeological excavations, which aimed to investigate an Anglo-Saxon settlement.
Volunteers from the local community, Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk Mind and the local Rendlesham and Eyke primary schools helped to complete the survey.
They found fragments of pottery dating to the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods, post-medieval ceramic building material (brick and tile) and worked flint including a Bronze Age arrowhead.
Fieldwalking in the Deben Valley - 2019
In April 2019, the Year 5 students at Rendlesham Primary School were asked to help the Archaeological Service with their archaeological investigations by taking part in a fieldwalking training session, as part of the Rendlesham Revealed. Professor Tom Williamson from University of East Anglia led the training and taught the children how to fieldwalk.
They found a range of artefacts including post-medieval glazed pottery, a lot of ceramic building material (brick and tile), some fragments of slate and glass, and evidence of prehistoric worked flint.
Fieldwalking in Pictures
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