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Professor Carenza Lewis speaks about Goldingham Hall excavations at SVCA AGM

SVCA held its AGM on Friday 13th November at Lavenham Village Hall. The crowd of 60+ people of members and non-members heard first about what projects SVCA had participated in 2015, its plans for 2016 and changes to the committee and were then treated to a presentation by the night’s guest speaker, Professor Carenza Lewis.

Professor Carenza Lewis presents her analysis of the Goldingham Hall excavations
Professor Carenza Lewis presents her analysis of the Goldingham Hall excavations

Carenza’s presentation (available for download here: Goldingham Excavations Powerpoint) centred on the story and interpretation of the past 3 years of excavations at Goldingham Hall, Bulmer. We are all very excited about the future possibilities of this complex site and the committee will be meeting in the coming months to discuss a strategy for acquiring larger funding for further, large-scale excavations at Goldingham.

AGM Audience
AGM Audience

SVCA would like to thank Professor Lewis for not only being our guest speaker, but also her continued support of our projects at Goldingham and elsewhere.


Goldingham Hall Day Two 24.05.14

Day Two of SVCA’s dig at Goldingham Hall started with the threat of severe weather. Luckily, the day turned out to be much brighter than expected, with lots of interesting finds and the revelation of new features. We were lucky enough to have Dr Carenza Lewis of Access Cambridge Archaeology on site today to guide us through the archaeology.

Trench A, lovingly known as the ‘pig’ trench, indeed produced more pig/boar fragments including this large jawbone.

Aldous and Abi also finally reached the bottom of the ovens, and initially it would appear this particular oven is three-tiered with the first one actually dug into the ground.

Elsewhere in Trench A, near the site of the original pig skeleton found in October, work continued with the removal of a large flint area (possible floor surface?) and the removal of a section of charred earth and chalk layer which produced a few pottery sherds.

This morning saw most of the work in Trench B focusing on the stepping back of one side due to the great depth of the ash-filled ditch. It was all hands on deck to get this done as quickly as possible and Ashley Cooper, owner of Goldingham, brought the muscle!

A new linear feature was also discovered, and one goal of tomorrow is to have a training session on proper recording procedures using this feature for practice.

In Trench C, Ellie and Jan continued excavating a possible post hole which was lined with a significant amount of flint packing.

And, at the other end of this trench is a rather perplexing series of features which currently is looking like a possible small pit cut into a ditch feature. This one really had us scratching our heads.

Hopefully, Phil will get to the bottom of this one tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning will be spent finishing off the jobs assigned today with the afternoon focused on finds washing and section drawing and planning.

The prize for sherd of the day goes to Nikolai, who found this whopper in the charred layer in Trench A.

Not bad for his first ever archaeological experience!

We’ve had really positive feedback from everyone involved and it’s only going to get better from here! Watch this space

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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.






Fundraising for our first dig

Stour Valley Community Archaeology is up and running! We have plans in place for our first excavation, revisiting Goldingham Hall, and are now actively fundraising. As this will be our first excavation as the newly-formed SVCA, our fundraising efforts not only need to cover the costs of archaeologists, insurance and specialist reports, but also equipment; trowels, mattocks, sieves, finds bags, measuring tapes etc. Watch this space to keep up to date with our fundraising efforts and please get in touch to find out how you can help.

The pig dig and the future


An article from today’s East Anglian Daily Times about the final dig for Managing A Masterpiece with Access Cambridge Archaeology. The dig was held in October 2013 at Goldingham Hall in Gestingthorpe near Bulmer. The hall’s owner, Ashley Cooper, is one of SVCA’s patrons, and we will hopefully be able to revisit the site in the future for further excavation.


Welcome to the first post of Stour Valley Community Archaeology’s blog. We are a newly-formed community archaeology group. You can follow us on Twitter at @stourarch , join our Facebook group, or email us directly at stourvalleyarchaeology@gmail.com. More details about SVCA will be updated here once they become available, including how to become a member.