Rendlesham Revealed anglo-saxon life in south-east Suffolk


This community archaeology project, taking place 2020-2024, will explore the irreplaceable archaeology of the Deben valley. It follows on from a pilot project undertaken at Rendlesham in 2008-2017, which uncovered evidence of the Anglo-Saxon royal settlement. This settlement first, recorded by Bede in the 8th Century, is where East Anglian kings would have stayed, feasted their followers, administered justice, and collected dues and tribute. 

The Rendlesham Revealed project will take a landscape-scale approach to broaden our understanding and context about the royal settlement site by also investigating the lesser known sites in the Deben valley.

Local people will be able to directly participate with opportunities for volunteering and training in on-site archaeological survey and excavation, which will take place at Rendlesham and elsewhere in the Deben valley.

We will also bring the archaeology to the local community of south-east Suffolk and Ipswich, via hands on experimental archaeology, specialist and family workshops, guided walks and small exhibitions.

The Rendlesham site is on private farmland and has no public access. For updates or to get involved in the project, sign up to our e-newsletter below.

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Image: Rendlesham Revealed project area showing the Deben valley in south-east suffolk

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Events and volunteer opportunities will start in 2020 until 2024 and will be widely advertised.

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded a major grant of £517,300 to enable this exciting project to take place from 2020-2023; they also supported the project's development phase in 2018-2019.

This will unlock at least a further £200,000 in match funding from local and national partners, universities and volunteers. This match funding includes smaller cash grants generously given by Institute of Archaeology at University College London, The Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and HistoryThe Sutton Hoo Society and Council of British Archaeology East.

This project has also been made possible by the kind support of local landowners.

Funded by:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Institute of Archaeology at University College London, Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, Sutton Hoo Society, Council of British Archaeology East, East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, Community Rail Network Fund, Discover Suffolk.

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