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County of Suffolk. Attribution: By Nilfanion, CC BY-SA or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

The Suffolk Finds Recording Team consists of three members of staff – two Finds Recording Officers and one illustrator. Our region is exceptionally rich in archaeology and we typically record several thousand objects annually. This data is then fed into our Historic Environment Record (HER) where it helps us to develop and enhance our knowledge of Suffolk’s past.

A number of both regionally and nationally important finds have been reported to the PAS in Suffolk since the Scheme was established here in 1998.

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The Dallinghoo coin hoard. Copyright: Suffolk County Council

Key prehistoric finds include the Dallinghoo (or Wickham Market) coin hoard, the largest deposit of British Iron Age gold coins recorded in the modern era and a Bronze Age socketed axe mould from Sutton, which provided important information about how these complex axes were made.

Roman finds include a votive hoard of copper alloy objects buried in a pottery vessel, found near Bury St Edmunds, a copper-alloy military harness pendant from Thelnetham and a knife handle with a lion terminal from Battisford.

Anglo-Saxon equal-armed brooch from Beyton. Copyright: Suffolk County Council. Drawing by Donna Wreathall.

Suffolk is perhaps best known for its Anglo-Saxon archaeology, thanks particularly to the discovery of the rich burial site at Sutton Hoo. Many unusual and sometimes spectacular Anglo-Saxon finds have been reported to the PAS in Suffolk, including a particularly fine early Anglo-Saxon equal-armed brooch from Beyton and an unusual pair of conjoining unfinished wrist clasps from Sutton.

Suffolk County Council’s Archaeology Service regularly works with local metal detectorists to carry out survey work as part of larger projects. Currently the Mildenhall Hoard Project is working in partnership with the British Museum to investigate the findspot of the famous Mildenhall Treasure and the Rendlesham Project is examining the site of an important Anglo-Saxon royal centre.

If you are interested in finding out more about Suffolk’s diverse archaeology then visit the ‘get involved’ section of the site to find out more.

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