Rendlesham Survey 2008-2014: Methodological Review

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

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