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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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Donated equipment a legacy of local amateur archaeologist


After seeing Stour Valley Community Archaeology’s recent article requesting tools and materials in the Sudbury Mercury, Great Cornard resident Marilyn Matthews decided to get in touch.

Marilyn’s husband, Mick, a keen amateur archaeologist and metal detectorist, sadly passed away last year. Mick participated in many excavations in the Stour Valley and loved metal-detecting, particularly in and around Little Cornard. It was there in 2005 where Mick discovered a Late Bronze Age hoard of socketed axes. Mick, as a responsible metal detectorist, immediately informed Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service of his discovery and this find features in the 2005/06 Portable Antiquities Scheme report.

Mick was a meticulous worker and all of his finds were well documented. After Mick’s passing, his finds and records were given to SCCAS to be housed in their archive.

But, what of Mick’s surveying and metal-detecting equipment? Well, Marilyn decided that Mick would’ve wanted SVCA to get some use out of it. Having inventoried the equipment, totalling in the £1000s, the heritage of Mick’s beloved Stour Valley will continue to be explored and recorded thanks to this kind donation.

And, so, we kindly say thank you VERY MUCH; we hope we do Mick proud.





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.