Many SVCA members have been involved in the Nayland dig – the final day was Sunday,
16 October. Interest in the earthworks began over 2 years ago when Ellie Mead suggested that geophyics expert Tim Dennis examine the area within in the scheduled Ancient Monument once consent had been obtained from Historic England. Possible structures were identified, so permission was sought to carry out an excavation planned by local people and undertaken under the watchful eye of Suffolk Archaeological Services’ expert, Lindsay Everitt.
A squared end church, complete with altar has been found, overlaid by a later tower or semi-circular apse. Construction materials used include reused Roman brick and tiles, Kentish ragstone and septaria. In addition the inner moat has been sectioned. Backfilling will now take place so that the site is ready for the next generation of archaeologists. Some questions have been answered, but many more remain to be answered and even more have now been proposed.