Although we’re approaching the winter months and a pause in work on our Romano British site several SVCA members gathered last Saturday, 13th October, to enjoy work on a warm and sunny day. Here’s a few photos from then and the digging days in August to keep you up to date.
SVCA Treasurer David Gevaux has recently published ‘ Long Melford and the Great War—the stories of a thousand lives’ with an introduction by Ashley Cooper.
David presented Ashely with a copy at the Gestingthorpe dig on Saturday 13th October. Ashley said, ‘It really is an incredible achievement; it is over 400 pages in length, is superbly printed, has a hard back cover, contains photographs and an extraordinary amount of information about all those who served from Long Melford—together with an insight of the village in World War One.’
Well done David from all of us in SVCA!
The trustees of Clare Castle Country Park and Suffolk Archaeology are running a HLF funded dig in the castle’s outer bailey during September 2018. Four trenches have been opened up to investigate anomalies revealed by geophysical surveys.
Probable walls made of stone and peg tiles, a large cobbled surface and lumps of daub with wattle impressions have been found in Trench 1. Late medieval jug handles have been found in Trench 2. Meanwhile in Trench 4 there is evidence of an oven and pieces of late Saxon Thetford Ware .
Do keep an eye on the blog for updates and if you’d like to visit there will be an open day on Sunday 23rd September from 12 noon until 4pm.
16th to 17th June 2018 was a very productive weekend on our Romano British site. Steady progress was made on two of the Romano British features in Old Barn Field.
Peter Hart earned the title ‘a new star in the firmament’ by making a very useful plan of area G26.
In trench A the area aligned east to west was deepened to reveal an interesting black linear feature close to a rich deposit of pottery. Work continued on the north to south trench revealing evidence of a ditch which produced more pottery.
The complexity of trench A, with it’s numerous different colours of soil was unravelled on Sunday afternoon when clay and brick expert Peter Minter visited and explained the Ice Age geological processes that created it.
Meanwhile in area G26 the SVCA dish of happiness was served up on Saturday when half a Roman bowl was found on a bed of burnt clay and other pottery in an area of black soil.
Animal teeth were found in a nearby black deposit, intriguingly hinting at further ritual use of the ditch.
On Saturday evening a digger extended G26 to the east. The newly revealed area was dug on Sunday. This required some heavy mattocking of hard clay, but our efforts were rewarded when the dark, ditch area was revealed to be less curved than previously thought. Finding Roman pottery cheered up the flagging diggers and ex dancer Diana celebrated by elegantly performing a celebratory jig!
SVCA members helped out at the Cambridge University Independent Learning Archaeology Field School, which was held at Foxearth in Essex this week. Over two days students from Ramsey School in Halstead and Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury had the opportunity to investigate test pits in seven locations within the village. On the third day of their course they had the opportunity to visit Cambridge University Archaeology Department.
Jane Crone, SVCA committee member reported. ‘It was great working alongside the students, introducing them to archaeology through fieldwork. Hopefully this event will inspire some of them to join local groups or even consider studying archaeology at university.’
For more information about ILAFs take a look at Access Cambridge Archaeology website
The next excavations of the Romano-British site at Gestingthorpe will take place on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June. Places are now limited so please contact Corinne asap if you have not yet booked but would like to take part. For the latest information on the dig read our report here – !SVCA ROMANO-BRITISH EXCAVATIONS May 18
It was good to take part in the Wild in the Stour event on Friday 1st June with our SVEN partners. Find out more in the East Anglian Daily Times
Hundreds of young families spent a day enjoying a host of outdoor activities in west Suffolk today.
A few places are still available on our next weekend dig, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come.
SVCA were invited to join the Dedham Vale AONB on their stall at the Hadleigh show. We had a fantastic day talking about archaeology to visitors and handing out membership forms. There was also a mini dig for children to enjoy.