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Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Assessment Report

Front cover for Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Assessment Report

Historic England project reference 6471

By Faye Minter, Jude Plouviez, Christopher Scull

The Naunton Hall estate in Rendlesham, Suffolk, has between 2008 and 2014 been the subject of extensive field survey and targeted small scale excavation. The main survey methods have been systematic surface collection with metal detectors, magnetometry and topographical survey, and the mapping and analysis of aerial photography. There has also been some analysis of relevant historic mapping, limited geochemical survey, and two borehole transects across the floodplain and valley slopes of the River Deben and a tributary stream to establish the preservation and potential of palaeoenvironmental data. These data-sets have all been integrated within a project GIS.

The survey has identified a complex and nationally-important sequence of settlement and activity from late Prehistory to the present day. This includes a rich and extensive settlement complex of the 5th-8th centuries AD (the early-middle Anglo-Saxon period) which is of national and international significance.

This report presents and quantifies the data gathered by the different survey techniques, provides a chronological account of the material and its importance, and assesses the overall significance and potential of the survey results in the context of the original objectives and the relevant national and regional research frameworks. It identifies priorities and high-level research goals for analysis of the survey data.

Historic England commissioned Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service, with Consulting Archaeologist Professor Christopher Scull to write this assessment. Other contributions were from:

  • Charles French and Sean Taylor, McBurney Laboratory, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Sam Moorhead, Portable Antiquities and Treasure (Department of Learning and National. Partnerships), British Museum
  • Gabor Thomas, Associate Professor in Early Medieval Archaeology, University of Reading
  • Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics, York Museums Trust


  • Summary
  • Background to the project
  • Assessment of the individual surveys
  • Summary of the results and potential by period
  • Integrated assessment of significance and potential
  • References
  • Appendices

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 86

If you require an alternative, accessible version of this document please contact: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, Bury Resource Centre, Hollow Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7AY

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