Most people would shy away from spending time out in a field for the day in December but not the residents of the Stour Valley! On 2nd December, ACA had 40 hardy archaeology enthusiasts to walk a field in Brundon, near Sudbury, including 15 Archaeology A-Level students from Colchester Sixth Form College as well as veterans of the Mount Bures excavation which took place nearby last August.
While having a spell of mild December weather, we also had 30 students from All Saints Middle School fieldwalking an adjacent field yesterday. Many of the students had already attended one of our Discovery Days, ‘Time Travel for Beginners’ earlier in the term and so the students put their analytical and observational skills to excellent use. Amongst the students’ finds, we had several animal teeth and a large medieval rim sherd. The site is thought to be the site of the former church and deserted medieval village and we are interested to analyse the distribution of pottery of particular dates across the fields. Once the finds are fully processed and identified, there wll be details and a map on our website.
The events were organised as part of the HLF-funded Managing a Masterpiece project, which aims to understand, conserve and celebrate the unique landscape of the Stour Valley. Other events and activities in the area can be found on their website, including details of a navigation survey along the River Stour and a tour of panoramic views from church towers along the valley.