Archaeological excavations 2021

  • Rendlesham week 1

    Week 1 – Opening the Trenches 

    During the first week, we have been setting up the site, getting the facilities delivered and opening up the trenches.

    Rendlesham Week 2

    Week 2 – Excavating the features

    During week 2 of the excavations, we have been busy opening the rest of the trenches with the machine, made a pre-excavation archaeological plan and have started excavating some of the archaeological features, which we suspected were pit-like features and possibly the cellars of Anglo-Saxon huts, sometimes called sunken-featured buildings.

    Rendlesham Week 3

    Week 3 – Excavating, finds processing and fieldwalking with Suffolk Family Carers

    In week 3, our volunteers included 8 young volunteers from Suffolk Family Carers, aged 14-17. The worked hard to continue excavating the archaeological features and we are now building up a broader picture of past activity at the site through the finds assemblage.

    Rendlesham week 4

    Week 4 – The excavations continue

    In week 4, our volunteers continued to excavate the sunken featured buildings. We also had volunteers from Suffolk Mind help us to excavate, wash the finds and to fieldwalk part of the field.

    week 5

    Week 5 – Excavating and finds washing with Rendlesham Primary School

    In week 5, the Year 3 class from Rendlesham Primary School joined our volunteers to excavate the sunken featured buildings, wash the finds and to continue fieldwalking. We were also joined by staff from West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Moyses Hall Museum.

    week 6

    Week 6 – The Last Week of the Excavations

    During the sixth and final week of the Rendlesham Revealed excavations the volunteers were busy finishing off digging and recording the archaeology, processing the finds and completing the fieldwalking. Joining the team for one of the days was the Year 4 class from Eyke Primary School.