Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Assessment Report

Author(s): Faye Minter, Jude Plouviez, Chris Scull

Between 2008-2014, the Naunton Hall estate in Rendlesham, Suffolk, was the subject of extensive field survey and targeted small scale excavation. The main survey methods were systematic surface collection with metal detectors, magnetometry and topographical survey, and the mapping and analysis of aerial photography. There was 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 were integrated within a project GIS. The survey identified a complex sequence of settlement 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 presents and quantifies 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.

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