Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk
Since 2008 the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS) has been co-ordinating archaeological survey and investigation in Rendlesham. Read more about Past Investigations at Rendlesham.
SCCAS are now planning a community archaeology project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to investigate the archaeology of the Deben valley. The Stage 2 application for funding has been submitted to the Heritage Fund. The outcome will be announced here in the New Year, or you can sign up to receive updates.
What will the Rendlesham Revealed project do?
Rendlesham Revealed is a new community archaeology project which will enable further archaeological investigations to explore the irreplaceable archaeology of the Deben valley which is in the heart of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia. The valley is home to the princely burials of Sutton Hoo and the site of the royal palace recorded by Bede, recently discovered at Rendlesham.
The project will build on and create new partnerships with local, regional and national organisations to directly engage local people, 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.
When will this project happen?
Further investigation into the internationally important archaeology of Suffolk’s Deben valley is possible thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant in 2018 for a 1-year development phase to progress plans. Trial training sessions and public consultation has been conducted to support a second-round application for further National Lottery funding.
The project delivery will start in 2020 and run until 2023.
The Stage 2 application has now been submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The outcome will be announced here in the New Year, or you can sign up for updates.
Contacts us if you would like to receive information about the Rendlesham Revealed project and other archaeological projects run by SCCAS.
Where will the project take place?
The project will take a landscape-scale approach to broaden our understanding and context about the palace site at Rendlesham.
This internationally significant archaeology buried beneath our feet at Rendlesham was discovered by chance, so we want to find out what else might be hidden in the Deben valley yet to be found.
The project aims to identify and explore the lesser known sites in the valley so far only hinted at by stray finds, as well as to further investigate the site at Rendlesham.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/