On this day...8th August

As the season's end approaches, life on trench is often a flurry of activity with everyone trying to finish their section. This wonderful shot from the Boneyard in 1997 says it all. But that euphoric feeling when you actually do finish is best shown by Matt in 2006. 😊 Iron knife blades and blade fragments are common finds on Anglo-Saxon settlement sites. Sedgeford is no exception and we now have a goodly collection. So the occasional whetstone might also be expected. The lovely example below was found in Trench 23 by Bethany Nash in 2017. This long whetstone had been well-used to sharpen blades on its three sides, so much so that it had become almost ‘toblerone’ in shape!

On this day...7th August

Let’s begin with a brilliant photo from the Boneyard excavations of 1999. Gareth and company are obviously discussing something important. They look completely ‘stumped’ don’t they! Leaping forward 19 years to 2018, Melinda discovered this heavily encrusted object from a burnt layer within Trench 23 on Chalkpit Field. A few hours of careful cleaning revealed it as a copper-alloy strap end. Its convex sided form and split attachment end date it stylistically to the 9th century. Look carefully at the more pointed terminal and you might be able to make out two asymmetrical eyes and a snout. Stylised animal head terminals were also typical of these strap ends. What makes our strap end even more

On this day...6th August

Back in time 21 years to 1999 and a group of volunteers take a well-earned rest and learn about on-site photography. Are you in this group? Robin found this safety pin brooch in Trench 10 in 2009. Made from a single piece of copper-alloy wire this example is in excellent condition and dates to the Middle Anglo-Saxon period. It’s easy to see why they are referred to as safety pin brooches! Another copper-alloy small find was found on this day, but in 2013. It is worthy of note for two reasons. It is part of a beautiful linked pin set thought to date to c.7th-8th century. Originally it would have been linked by a chain to a second, identical pin. But what also makes this a very special find is

On this day...5th August

Let's start today with a flashback to the good old enviro days of 2003. Always a task more popular on a hot day. 😊 Who do we have in this picture? As previously stated, we do more than archaeology. Every year we ask, beg, demand and finally bribe with bacon sandwiches, our youngest and fittest (and often our more senior, willing and able) to represent us against the neighbouring Snettisham cricketers. Most years we lose but it really is the playing the game that matters and is just one of our much loved links with the local community. Thank you Snettisham! This photo was taken in 2009 with the beautiful church of Snettisham in the background. On this day in 2010 this little penannular ring

On this day...4th August

We know that today is not the 4th August but some technical issues have meant that we have not been able to post for a while. Normal service is now resumed and we are delighted to be able to continue our "On this Day..." blogposts (albeit not on the correct days!) So, without further ado, let's look at 4th August in days gone by. What a trip down memory lane this is. Were you here in 1998? What can you remember? Let us know, we would love to hear from you. Now leap forward in time to this date in 2015. Can you identify the artefact that Terry recovered from Trench 21? They are hardly any different to those we use today are they? But these tweezers, with their typically wide spatulate termin

On this day...3rd August

Today we are going to take the opportunity to celebrate bulk finds! Beginning with this wheelbarrow load of daub (left), photographed in 2014. It is the job of our lovely Bren (and helpers, willing or not) to clean, count, weigh and record all bulk finds. Here we see our ‘daub-lady’ (pictured below) enthusing about a particularly large and wattle-marked chunk, much to the amusement of Adrian! Pottery sherds are also classified as bulk finds. It is not uncommon for decorated pieces to be found, but in 2015 two sherds that were particularly noteworthy for different reasons were discovered from Trench 20 on Chalkpit Field. The first was this small sherd of stamped Ipswich ware (left), dating t

On this day...2nd August

We are dedicating today to the completely unexpected discovery of a body in an oven being excavated for the Roman Project in 2006. We have John Jollies to thank for his vivid memories of this day. Our story begins with Lynn Hollyer, one of the volunteers excavating the oven feature. She noticed bone and alerted John. He thought it might be part of a human femur and this was soon confirmed by the Human Remains Team. The big question is ‘Was this an attempt at cremation or something more sinister: murder?’ The body had been burnt at a low temperature and had been raked about. The feet were missing. The clay of the oven had then been collapsed on top, effectively sealing and concealing the act.

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