Cropmark of Stoke church Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Worked flint Bronze Age burial at Eriswell Framlingham castle from the air Pottery vessels in situ at Leiston Flint tool from Southery Ring-ditch excavation at Great Cornard Cropmarks in Stoke-by-Nayland

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

This new community archaeology project, Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk, is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and will further explore and uncover the hidden archaeology across the Deben valley in south-east Suffolk.

Rendlesham Revealed has been made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, who awarded a major grant of £517,300 to enable this exciting project to take place in 2020-2023, as well as supported the development phase in 2018-2019. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, this grant 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 Londonthe 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.


What will the Rendlesham Revealed project do?

Rendlesham Revealed is a four-year 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.

There will be a range of opportunities for local people to volunteer and be trained in on-site archaeological survey and excavation, as well as taking part in hands-on experimental archaeology events, specialist and family workshops, guided walks and exhibitions. These activities will take place in south-east Suffolk and Ipswich from summer 2020-2023.

Read about the project's Geophysical Survey and Fieldwalking Trial Training Sessions with local volunteers and school children undertaken in 2019.


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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.







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