Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bures: Medieval arrowhead unearthed at community archeology dig

10:08 13 June 2014

Stour Valley Community Archaeology

Stour Valley Community Archaeology's first excavation reveals tantalising clues at Bulmer site. Dr Carenza Lewis points out some of the features.

Archant

A community archaeology group has unearthed some interesting clues to the ancient history of an area on the outskirts of Sudbury.

shares

Stour Valley Community Archaeology (SVA) has just held its first excavation over two weekends at Goldingham Hall in Bulmer, on the Suffolk/Essex border.

The dig was made possible thanks to a grant of £2,500 from Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Environmental Fund via the Essex Community Foundation.

The group was also able to use equipment donated by Marilyn Matthews, the widow of amateur archaeologist Mick Matthews, who took part in many excavations in the Stour Valley and particularly enjoyed metal-detecting.

The inaugural day’s digging was dedicated to Mr Matthews’ memory, and his wife attended and saw the tools being put to good use.

The six days of excavating were supervised by a team of archaeologists from Access Cambridge Archaeology under the leadership of Dr Carenza Lewis, who is best known for her appearances on Channel 4’s Time Team and Michael Wood’s Story of England.

The site at Goldingham Hall was chosen because geophysical surveys carried out last year revealed many interesting features that were previously unknown.

SVCA committee member Nick Moore said the dig concentrated on three features, which after many hours of backbreaking digging and sieving eventually revealed a large complex containing a food preparation area with six bread ovens and a series of ditches filled with burnt pottery and bones.

Post-excavation analysis will reveal specific dates, but preliminary thoughts date the site to late Anglo-Saxon or Norman times.

Mr Moore added: “Many finds were discovered, including an in situ medieval arrowhead, and most incredibly, a ‘flint face’ found at the bottom of the post hole of the structure. We are wondering if this could have been a good-luck charm placed in the foundations of the building.

“We would like to reiterate our thanks to Marilyn for donating the equipment, which has been put to great use and is very much appreciated.” Stour Valley Community Archaeology was formed in late 2013 as a legacy of the Heritage Lottery-funded Managing A Masterpiece project.

For more information or to become a member, email stourvalleyarchaeology@gmail.com

shares

2 comments

  • Why the headline Bures, when its at Bulmer

    Report this comment

    bures

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Bulmer, NOT Bures as per the heading.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, June 13, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A large police cordon around the Tesco Extra store in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

A Tesco Extra in Great Yarmouth was evacuated and searched by bomb disposal crews following a hoax call.

The White Horse pub in Sudbury is selling Zebra, Camel and Bison at its special steak night

While squirrel has been popping up on the menu of adventurous restaurants across Suffolk in recent months, it appears that the people of Sudbury have even more exotic tastes.

Fish and chip shop blaze in Sible Hedingham

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a fish and chip shop in Sible Hedingham.

Sam Smith

Tickets for Sam Smith’s highly-anticipated show at Thetford Forest sold out in less than three quarters of an hour today.

The MSC Oscar en route in the North Sea to its next port of call.

Hundreds of ship-spotters are expected to line the shore as the Port of Felixstowe welcomes the world’s largest container ship on Monday – just two months after the last holder of the title sailed into the harbour.

Tawny owl

Two men who were suspected by police of being responsible for the illegal trapping and killing of a tawny owl in west Suffolk will not be charged.

The Causeway in Hitcham

Hundreds of pounds in cash and jewellery were stolen from a home in Hitcham.

All Star Wrestling at the Corn Exchange

It might be ‘fake’ - but you can’t say it’s not fun.

Fire fighters tackle tractor blaze

Fire fighters were called to a tractor that was ablaze in a field in Pettistree.

Temporary chief constable Gareth Wilson and police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore

Suffolk Constabulary is pledging to support a national campaign aimed at promoting trust, integration and cohesion within communities.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages