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Wuffing Education

Archaeological Artefacts Explored

Gold plaque from Brandon, Suffolk, showing St John the Evangelist with book and pen (British Museum)

with Robert & Jane Carr

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 6th February 2010

A“hands-on” look at archaeological finds, pottery, and metalwork from Roman and Medieval sites in Suffolk. We shall consider find-spots, the variety of materials, the methods of manufacture, and what they signify.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Location, location - where and how finds are discovered. This session will include an overview of Suffolk archaeology, outlining the links between the distribution of finds with geology, geography and method of discovery – excavation, field-walking, metal-detecting and chance.  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Material benefits - a look at materials, pottery, copper alloy, bone, flint, gold etc, their benefit to archaeology e.g. dating, socio-economic implications and technology , and their appeal to a wider audience via exhibitions and general interest. There will be an opportunity for handling metal-work items from a Bronze Age axe to Roman and Medieval small finds and coins.  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Portable Antiquities’ Scheme in Suffolk - a look at recent discoveries of metal-detected finds from the county, and how the results are starting to change our views and assumptions about settlement patterns and connections in the past.  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Exploring Ceramics - a hands-on session using a range of sherds from Suffolk sites to explore Roman and Early Medieval pottery, including Ipswich and Thetford wares. (not obligatory, but if you would like to draw some sherds, please bring a ruler, pencil and rubber).  
  16:15 Close  

About Robert & Jane Carr

After graduating in archaeology from Southampton, both Bob and Jane were fortunate in spending a few years digging and gaining experience of a wide range of sites in England and abroad.

Bob worked in the Archaeology Service for Suffolk County Council from 1975 to 2009, and is now free-lance. His specialism is in historic churches and he continues to advise the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.

Jane followed a career in museums, her first job at the British Museum being the cataloguing of the Sutton Hoo material from Bruce Mitford’s excavations. She established and ran, with Bob’s assistance, the Bury St Edmunds branch of Young Archaeologists’ Club for the last 15 years. This voluntary role has been exchanged for that of Hon. Gen. Secretary of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. She has recently retired as Archaeology tutor in Continuing Education, West Suffolk College, but continues in her role as a Portable Antiquities’ Scheme finds’ recorder for Suffolk.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Bruce-Mitford, R., Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology (Gollancz 1974)
Dymond, D., & E.Martin, An Historic Atlas of Suffolk (Suffolk County Council 1989)
Hinton, D., Gold and Gilt and Pots and Pins (Oxford 2005)
Hobbs, R., Treasure: Finding our Past (British Museum 2003)
Jennings, S., Eighteen Centuries of pottery from Norwich, East Anglian Archaeology Report No.13 (Norwich 1981)
West, S., A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology Report No.84 (Ipswich 1998)

Some Useful Websites - the Portable Antiquities’ Scheme website provides public access for searches on most artefact types, chiefly metal-work’. - the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History website.


Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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