Suffolk Archaeological Service

Find out about the advice and services provided by the team and where you can go to learn more about Suffolk’s Heritage

About the Archaeology Service

The Archaeological Service is the main provider of archaeological advice 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
  • provide advice to planners, developers and farmers
  • identify and record finds made by members of the public
  • curate an archive for fieldwork projects carried out in the county
  • publish the results of fieldwork and other research into Suffolk's past

Contact details

There are several ways to get in touch, either


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

Useful Links

To find out more about the archaeology of Suffolk or your local area, please visit the Suffolk Heritage Explorer website

Suffolk Council Archaeological Service can also be followed on Twitter (@SCCArchaeology) 

Natural and Historic Environment Update March 2017 (PDF, 601KB)

All pages in this section

Archaeological planning and countryside advice

Our Archaeology Service offers advice and information about the conservation of Suffolk's historic environment.

Archaeological brief and specification application form

How to make an request for archaeological planning advice from Suffolk County Council.

What to do if you find an archaeological object

The Archaeological Service is a free to use service that can identify and record archaeological objects found by members of the public

Archaeology service charges

Find information on the services available from the team and their related charges.

Archives Service

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Archive is the main repository for material found as part of archaeological fieldwork in the county.

Heritage Crime

Heritage crime is “any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their setting to this and future generations”.

What is the Historic Environment Record?

The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a collection of information about the nature and location of archaeological sites in Suffolk.