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Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Methodological Review

Front cover for Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Methodological Review

Historic England project reference 6471

By Faye Minter, Jude Plouviez, Christopher Scull

Between 2008 and 2014 the Naunton Hall estate in Rendlesham, Suffolk, has been the subject of systematic survey, including metal detecting and geophysics, and targeted small scale excavation. This has identified a complex sequence of settlement and activity from late Prehistory to the present day, including 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 assesses the methodologies used in the survey phase of the project, with particular emphasis on the use of metal detecting and the integration of data and analytical results from a range of sources. 

Historic England commissioned Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service, with Consulting Archaeologist Professor Christopher Scull to write this methodological review.


  • Summary
  • Background
  • The project aims and objectives
  • Assessment of the individual survey methods
  • Effectiveness of the combined approaches
  • Potential gaps in the survey methods
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the project methodologies
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix 1 Quantification of metal detecting results: rates of discovery, erosion of the resource and optimum survey levels
  • Appendix 2 Table of all Rendlesham survey areas

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 25

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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