Monthly Archives: February 2018

SVCA AGM Friday 16th March 2018

This year’s AGM will be held at Lavenham village Hall/ Library on Friday 16th March, 7pm for 7.30pm.

The talk will be about Spong Hill and the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain

by Dr Catherine Hills

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The site of Spong Hill

”They came from three of the strongest tribes in Germany, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes.” This apparently simple statement by the Venerable Bede in the eighth century has been debated for centuries. Are the English descended from invading Germans, unlike the truly British Welsh, Scots and Irish?  Or, were there just a few chieftains with their warbands?  Archaeological evidence has been used to answer this question in both directions. In this lecture the finds from a large fifth-century cemetery  at Spong Hill, North Elmham, Norfolk,  will be discussed in the context of this debate.

Dr Catherine Hills has researched and taught the archaeology of early medieval Europe for many years. She directed the excavations at Spong Hill in the 1970s, presented archaeology programmes on channel 4 in the 1980s and was a lecturer at Cambridge University from 1977 to her retirement in 2014.

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Anglo Saxon man
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SVCA February events – field walking and pottery identification.

Despite the weather SVCA members have already begun a busy year of archaeology. On Saturday 3rd February a group spent a happy morning sorting finds from last year’s digs. This vital work ensures that our records are up to date and enables us to plan for future escavations.

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Field walkers of all ages wrapped up against the cold

On Saturday 10th February Ashley Cooper organised a splendid field walking refresher session between the Roman Villa site and the Romano British site. Despite the bitter cold we were able to refresh our old skills and learn some new ones.

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Examining washed finds in the classroom

After warming ourselves up with a hot drink we were able to wash and examine the finds. As well as a number of burnt flints (possibly Neolithic) and Roman brick and tile we found some fossils. Ashley’s local knowledge was invaluable as he was able to identify and provide context for all that we found. Although even he wasn’t expecting to find a fossil that told us that we were doing OK – see the image below!

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A fossil told us that we were doing OK!