Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service wins National Lottery support to unearth Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon past

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Further investigation into the internationally important archaeology of Suffolk’s Deben valley will be possible thanks to initial National Lottery support.

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Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service (SCCAS) has received development funding of £41,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to progress their plans for a community archaeological project ‘Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk’. A second-round application will then be made for a £517,300 National Lottery grant.

The irreplaceable archaeology of the Deben valley is in the heart of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia. The valley is home to the princely burials of Sutton Hoo and the site of the royal palace recorded by Bede, recently discovered at Rendlesham.

‘Rendlesham Revealed’ will work with local and national partners to explore this archaeologically-rich landscape. Local communities will be engaged to reveal, explore, celebrate and conserve the below ground archaeology of the Deben valley. Together, partners will connect the unique stories of these royal sites, putting them in the context of the wider Anglo-Saxon communities of which they were part.

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection for Suffolk County Council, said:

“We are thrilled to begin this project, thanks to funding from the National Lottery. It is a great example of how the council enables activity between professionals and communities, to do the best for Suffolk. It’s important to create meaningful connections with our archaeological heritage and to leave a long-lasting legacy. By piecing together this local history, we will attract further national and international interest, boosting our economy and the profile of our county.”

This first round of funding will deliver a one-year development stage, which will begin later this summer, enabling SCCAS to apply for a further, full National Lottery grant.

Volunteers excavating an Anglo Saxon house at Rendlesham