A new technique to identify the type of shell used to make early, decorative beads could help archaeologists understand more about early human trading.
UK researchers used the new technique to analyse beads discovered in an Early Bronze Age grave near Sudbury in Suffolk. The grave is thought to have belonged to a young woman.
Next to her head, archaeologists found thousands of beads placed in a particular black and white, zebra-stripe pattern. The archaeologists worked out that some of the beads were made of jet and amber, but they couldn’t figure out what many of the white beads were made from. Read more.
Nine human skeletons have been found by archaeologists excavating land to be used for a water pipeline in Suffolk.
Eight of them, found together near Barnham, are believed to date back to about AD300. Two of the bodies had been buried with a brooch and a knife.
The other skeleton was discovered at Rougham.
Anglian Water, which is installing a new pipeline to serve Bury St Edmunds, said items from the dig would be “kept in a secure museum archive”.
The dig took five months and also unearthed evidence of Anglo Saxon “grub huts” from the 6th Century, near Barnham. Read more.
The discovery of a gold coin in a Suffolk field suggests the “trappings of an organised society” dating back nearly 1,400 years, an expert has said.
The Anglo-Saxon shilling, dating from 660 to 680, was found in the Mildenhall area in February.
The pierced coin, which may have been used as a pendant, was declared treasure at a Bury St Edmunds inquest.
Faye Minter, who records finds, said it appeared to be copying Roman and Byzantine coins.
Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean declared it as treasure as it contained silver and gold. The owner must now offer the item for sale to a museum at a price set by experts. Read more.
The discovery of Roman gold and silver coins on farmland in Suffolk suggests “relatively high status people” lived in the area, an archaeologist has said.
Fifteen silver coins and one gold coin were found by a father and son on farmland, near Mildenhall, on 12 October last year.
A treasure trove inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard they dated to between 355 and around 402.
Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded the discovery as treasure.
The coins will now be valued by experts.
Speaking after the hearing, Andrew Brown, Suffolk County Council’s finds recording officer, said 78 coins had now been unearthed on the site.
Previous discoveries were made in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2010, although this is the first time a gold coin has been found in the area.
"It does suggest that there were relatively high status people living there during Roman times," said Dr Brown. Read more.
The story of Edmund, king and martyr, has become a kind of foundation myth for the county of Suffolk, but contains at least one element of truth – in 869 there was a battle between the East Anglians and the Vikings; Edmund was captured and later killed.
About 100 years later the story was written down – soon after, Edmund came to be considered a Christian martyr and the new abbey (founded about 1020) at Bury St Edmunds was dedicated to him. Edmund’s remains were believed to be housed in the abbey, miracles were attributed to him, and Bury thus became a major pilgrimage site and a rich and powerful abbey for the next 500 years.
However, the site of the battle (recorded as Hægelisdun) was forgotten, and different modern historians have suggested that it was at Hoxne in Suffolk, Hellesdon in Norfolk, or at Bradfield St Clare near Bury. Read more.
The face of a 14th-century former Archbishop of Canterbury has been revealed 630 years after he was beheaded by angry peasants.
Resembling a character out of a science fiction movie, the medieval cleric Simon of Sudbury now stares at visitors in St. Gregory’s Church at Sudbury in Suffolk, where the 3-D model is on permanent display alongside the original skull.
"There was a gasp when people saw what he looked like as his sculpture was unveiled. He was compared to characters such as Spock and Shrek, and some were surprised by the size of him. Indeed, he is quite a big guy," forensic artist Adrienne Barker from the University of Dundee told Discovery News.
Simon of Sudbury, who was Chancellor of Salisbury and Bishop of London before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1375, crowned King Richard II at Westminster Abbey in 1377. Read more.
In a quiet corner of Suffolk, fledgling archaeologists are hard at work uncovering the hidden history of the east of England.
Teams of students are digging 1m square plots and painstakingly recording artefacts that could provide clues to villages abandoned in the 14th century. The dig organised by University of Cambridge archaeologists brings together student volunteers and pupils from local schools as part of the department’s efforts to engage disadvantaged pupils.
Overseeing the work is Dr Carenza Lewis, director of Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA), and a veteran of Channel 4′s Time Team. She says that archaeology lends itself well to outreach work by providing the “thrill of discovery” and a chance for school pupils to connect with student volunteers and academics. Read more.
A total of 840 Iron Age gold coins – dating back to life in Britain before it fell under the influence of the Roman Empire – were found in a field at Dallinghoo, near Woodbridge.
But since the hoard – dubbed the Dallinghoo Gold – was discovered at the end of March 2008 it has left a friendship in ruins and led to accusations of betrayal.
This week the hoard was valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee at £300,000.
Following almost two years of legal wrangling a decision was also made on who should receive the money from whichever museum eventually buys the hoard.
And it has left the initial finder of the coins, Michael Darke, furious. Speaking to the EADT last night he blamed the rift on his former friend Keith Lewis, who helped him recover the full hoard. Read more.