What was the environment like in the past? Was the course of the river Deben different and was it navigable all the way up to Rendlesham? These are very good questions and ones that we are hoping to answer as part of our community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed.
Palaeoenvironmental Survey in the Deben Valley - 2021
In June and July 2021, an auger survey at Rendlesham was carried out, with the expertise of Professor Charles French and Dr Sean Taylor from University of Cambridge. The aim of the fieldwork was to understand the soil sequence in the Deben valley and to look for waterlogged deposits, which may tell us more about the development of vegetation in the valley and the impact of human activity.
The survey revealed an area of springs emerging from the sand geology, as well as a possible meandering palaeo-channel (old river channel) of up to about 100m across and 2-4m in depth. The palaeo-channel may well have been still active and in close proximity to the Anglo-Saxon settlement and might well explain their positions in this landscape.
Geoarchaology in Pictures
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