The Archaeological Service is the main provider of archaeological conservation, recording and advice services in Suffolk.

In order to promote the conservation, enhancement and understanding of Suffolk's distinctive historic environment:

  • We maintain a record of archaeology and heritage assets, the Historic Environment Record.
  • We provide advice to planners, developers and farmers.
  • We identify and record finds made by members of the public.
  • We offer a contract field archaeology service for recording sites threatened with destruction.
  • We offer innovative education packages for schools and an experimental archaeology site. 
  • We publish the results of fieldwork and other research into Suffolk's past.

From 1st March 2014 we are introducing charges for archaeological pre-application and post-consent planning advice. Further details can be found on our Planning and Countryside Advice and our Charges Questions and Answers pages. Full details are set out in the Archaeology Charging Schedule (PDF, 32kb) and planning advice can be requested using this Application Form (PDF, 39kb).

Our publications are listed here (PDF, 308kb) and can be ordered using this form (PDF, 40kb). Please note than several are currently available at a special reduced price.

A list of contact details for Archaeological Service staff (PDF, 36kb). Our email is

We support the initiative, Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), by English Heritage, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to tackle all types of heritage crime (for example illegal metal detecting, damage to scheduled monuments or listed buildings). For Ipswich there is an online reporting system and useful local contact information. Further advice is also available from Suffolk Police.


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Archaeology Service Charges: Questions and Answers

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Finds Recording

We identify and record archaeological objects found by members of the public

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Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (HER) records information about the nature and location of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and historic landscape.

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Planning and Countryside Advice

The Archaeology Service gives advice about the conservation of Suffolk's historic environment

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