St Edmundsbury Cathedral was the starting point for a fascinating tour of the ancient shrine of the ninth-century Saxon king in the grounds of one of the richest Benedictine monasteries in England. The Cathedral spans the centuries, with a new twenty first century Gothic Revival tower completed in 2005.
CBA Members enjoyed a sunny autumn weekend touring the archaeology of Suffolk with staff and leading archaeologists in October. Prof. Martin Carver gave a lecture on excavations at Sutton Hoo linking up findings from his own research with other Anglo Saxon burial sites in the UK and across Europe. He was then on site the following day to answer questions and show members behind the scenes at the National Trust's exhibition.
Matt Champion, Director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey ran a hands on session at St Mary the Virgin church in Troston, home to rare medieval wall paintings depicting the martyrdom of St Edmund and St George and covered in medieval graffiti - revealed by Matt as he shone his torch down the walls.
An evening lecture by former county archaeologist, Edward Martin put the archaeology of Suffolk in context, from prehistory to the Second World War. Members had a chance to share stories from the day at a buffet in the magnificent surroundings of the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds, designed by Robert Adam.
Our tour took us next to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village where Suffolk County Archaeologist, Jess Tipper, guided us around latest developments at the site. Members also had the opportunity to climb down into Grimes Graves, the extensive neolithic flint mines across the border in Norfolk.
Our next weekend will be in Orkney in 2015, now sold out. Keep an eye on the events pages on our website for our 2016 weekend or send your suggestions to events@archaeologyUK.org
A selection of photos from the tour are in the gallery below, click the arrows on the image to scroll through.
See more images from the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Project on their Facebook page.