Monthly Archives: March 2014

Foxearth Heritage Centre Officially Opens

The heritage centre was officially opened today in Ss Peter and Paul church in Foxearth, Essex by Dr Carenza Lewis. Ashley Cooper, local historian and chair of Foxearth History Society, also spoke of the dedication and hard work of those in the local community in keeping local history and heritage alive. Corinne Cox, who is also a member of SVCA’s committee, was on hand to relay tales of Foxearth through the years and discuss the results of last year’s HLF-funded project in the village. Corinne has written ‘Foxearth Treasures’ which can be purchased for £5, with all proceeds going to help the church fabric fund. The mini-heritage centre has been set-up in the back of the church, displaying finds and photographs from the village. One of the highlights of the display is a palaeolithic hand axe dating 400,000-200,000 BCE. The display will change every month and all are welcome to come and visit.






Geophysical Surveying with Touching the Tide at Snape

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Geophysical Surveying with Touching the Tide at Snape A training day for 12 volunteers in the theory and practice of geophysical surveying for archaeological features took place in Snape, near Aldebugh, last Saturday as part of the Touching the Tide landscape partnership on the Suffolk coast.

Following a very successful field-walking event last month (which you can read about here), Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) were invited to return to Snape on Saturday 15th March 2014 to run another archaeological field survey day for local residents and volunteers, this time introducing the geophysical prospection techniques of magnetometry and resistivity. The training day was commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Funded landscape partnership project Touching the Tide.

Dr Marcus Brittain, of Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU), joined ACA to lead the day and lend his expertise in the use of geophysics in commercial and academic archaeological field investigations. He is the site director of CAU’s excavations at Ham Hill

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Donated equipment a legacy of local amateur archaeologist


After seeing Stour Valley Community Archaeology’s recent article requesting tools and materials in the Sudbury Mercury, Great Cornard resident Marilyn Matthews decided to get in touch.

Marilyn’s husband, Mick, a keen amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist, sadly passed away last year. Mick participated in many excavations in the Stour Valley and loved metal-detecting, particularly in and around Little Cornard. It was there in 2005 where Mick discovered a Late Bronze Age hoard of socketed axes. Mick, as a responsible metal detectorist, immediately informed Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service of his discovery and this find features in the 2005/06 Portable Antiquities Scheme report.

Mick was a meticulous worker and all of his finds were well documented. After Mick’s passing, his finds and records were given to SCCAS to be housed in their archive.

But, what of Mick’s surveying and metal-detecting equipment? Well, Marilyn decided that Mick would’ve wanted SVCA to get some use out of it. Having inventoried the equipment, totalling in the £1000s, the heritage of Mick’s beloved Stour Valley will continue to be explored and recorded thanks to this kind donation.

And, so, we kindly say thank you VERY MUCH; we hope we do Mick proud.