Monthly Archives: October 2014

Medieval Graffiti Survey at Clare, Suffolk

SVCA were fortunate enough to have a 3-hour training session at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Clare, Suffolk yesterday with Matthew Champion of the Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey. The 25 participants enjoyed learning about how to carry out their own surveys in the future both in and around the Stour Valley and further afield. We learned recording techniques, how to identify and photograph the graffiti and how to conduct an entire survey. The enthusiasm was high at the end of the day and SVCA will organise future graffiti recording events.

More about the survey can be found here:

Matthew highlights some early graffiti on one of the church columns

Checking out the font

The porch always provides bits of interest

An 18th century signature

Pat, an experienced graffiti hunter, gives a photography masterclass

Early, compass-drawn graffiti

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Audio Recording of the ACA 10th Anniversary Public Lecture

Stour Valley Community Archaeology was formed thanks to the efforts of ACA. Have a listen to Carenza’s recent lecture here.

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Audio Recording of the ACA 10th Anniversary Public LectureHear about the pioneering archaeological outreach work brought to members of the public by the University of Cambridge’s Division of Archaeology, including Dr Carenza Lewis talking about ten years of Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA).

A recording of the event ‘From Time Team to Archaeology for All’ is available to listen to on the University of Cambridge’s soundcloud account here, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Dr Jody Joy of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology begins with a summary of the museum’s public events and outreach activities bringing people into the university before ACA’s Director, Dr Carenza Lewis, talks about her decade-long work to enhance people’s educational, economic and social well-being through active participation in archaeology outside the university. Carenza’s talk starts at 7:56 in the recording.

Photos of the lecture and of the reception afterwards taken by ACA’s archaeological supervisor, Catherine Ranson, can be…

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Celebrating 10 Years of ACA: From Time Team to Archaeology for All

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Celebrating 10 Years of ACA: From Time Team to Archaeology for AllOver 200 people attended a public lecture last night by Dr Carenza Lewis, ACA’s Director, in which she recounted highlights from the last ten years of outreach work and shared her considerable achievements in engaging schools and communities.

Dr Lewis began her outreach work leading classroom-based activities on the theme of archaeology in schools in the autumn of 2004 and ran the first Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) in collaboration with the former government’s widening participation scheme, Aimhigher, in summer 2005. Since then, over 4000 school students have participated in HEFA and Carenza has expanded Access Cambridge Archaeology’s (ACA) outreach programme to encompass a wide range of different community-based projects including archaeological excavation, field-walking, test pit excavation, local history, oral history and history trails.

Last night’s lecture brought together people who have been involved in ACA’s activities from all across the eastern region including school staff, local coordinators, members of…

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Sudbury Community Test Pit Excavations 2014

Nice to see lots of SVCA members involved with this project!

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Sudbury Community Test Pit Excavations 2014A year in the planning, the 3 day Sudbury ‘Big Dig’ took place in Suffolk’s largest old wool town last weekend involving over 200 school pupils, local residents and volunteers.

Following the popularity of the community test pit excavations run and supervised by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) in other settlements along the Stour Valley; including Bures, Clare, Nayland, Long Melford and Little Waldingfield, residents of Sudbury formed a steering committee to organise a similar event in their town. Last weekend’s community test pit excavations were jointly organised by members of The Sudbury Society, Sudbury History Society and Sudbury Museum Trust, with especial credit to David Burnett and Mike Crome for their months of fundraising, promotion and preparation. Peter Rednall was responsible for liaising with local primary and secondary schools overseeing the organisation of excavations with pupils at the Croft. Also on the Big Dig…

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