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


Wild in the Stour for half term

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

Sudbury Mayor Sue Ayres joins children as they have a go at leaf rubbing

Sudbury Mayor Sue Ayres joins children as they have a go at leaf rubbing

Hundreds of young families spent a day enjoying a host of outdoor activities in west Suffolk today.

Digging on despite the weather – part 2!

IMG_20180506_153524Yesterday’s digging – in complete contrast to last week’s – took place under clear blue skies and in 23ºC.

The southern area of G26 was extended further and small quantities of pottery and flint were found there. The slot in the northern part of G26 was widened and extended in a southerly direction, small pieces of Iron age pottery were uncovered. Our aim is to find out how far the dark area in the southern end extends and if it reaches the northern area.

Star find was the blackened remains of a leaf in an undisturbed layer of clay within the northern part of G26.


Digging on despite the weather!!!


Despite disappointing weather we decided to return to Trench G26 today in order to further investigate the north and south ends and the possible curvature of the black area already identified.

The southern area was further taken back in a southerly direction. Pottery was found in association with black charcoal and ash. Some pottery was associated with the flint area, flints being embedded around the pottery. Soil samples were taken and the pottery finds included some large black rims.

In the northern area finds included a small fragment of glass, a piece of wood – associated with charcoal deposits – and degraded terracotta pottery. The north western corner contained some flint microliths and discards.






Romano British excavation update April 2018

Rain stopped us from digging today. Luckily nothing dampens the enthusiasm of SVCA members and we spent a happy day sorting and classifying pottery from 2016-2017. DSCN2792

Working in pairs we identified and recorded our finds, using the opportunity to learn about Romano British pottery. Hopefully the rain will hold off tomorrow and we’ll be able to do some digging.

DSCN2791Jacqui Reynolds and Peter Nice, a star team!

It’s always fun to find two, three and even four pieces of pottery that fit together!

SVCA events April and May 2018

The next planned excavations will be over 3 days…..Saturday April 28th, Sunday April 29th ( there will be an opportunity to visit the Bluebell Woods and/or attend the outdoor Bluebell Sunday open-air church service during the afternoon) and Monday 30th April. There are still a few places left for those who have not yet booked to take part.




SVCA Romano-British Excavations 2018 – Day 2 March 31st

Day 2 of this season’s excavations saw a change of plans……due to the heavy rain of recent days the site was too waterlogged to enable us to undertake any fieldwork so a very useful morning was spent by members in cataloguing and processing the pottery finds from last autumn. The morning was enjoyed by all, some wanted to stay even longer and have asked for more such sessions to be arranged. Dates will be advised later.


SVCA Romano-British Excavations 2018 Day 1 March 14th

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The 2018 season of SVCA excavations saw us return to Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe where we re-visited Trench A of the Old Barn Field site. On this occasion a new slot was opened up at right angles to the original slot opened in the autumn of 2017. More evidence of the extent of the ditch feature was revealed and more pottery sherds discovered in the dark ash fill area. One group of sherds proved to be part of the same large vessel. New members took part in this day’s excavation and were well rewarded with finds, boosting their confidence in their newly acquired skills!