Archive for the ‘All Our Stories’ Category

Display of Hoxne Dig Finds

We now have a display case in the Swan pub restaurant containing some of the artefacts found here during our dig last year. When the building work in the church is completed there will be a further display here of our finds in Hoxne.

Hoxne Celebrates!

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On Sunday, February 16th, nearly 70 Hoxne villagers celebrated the completion of the Heritage lottery-funded  ‘Story of Hoxne’  project,  led by the Hoxne Heritage Group and supported by Suffolk County Council Archaeology Services and the University of East Anglia Ideas Bank.

Jo Caruth, Senior Project Officer from SCCAS, gave an overview of the test-pitting event held in Hoxne in July, indicating how the analysis of the finds informed evidence of earlier medieval settlement in the village. She also indicated that the exercise revealed potential for further research especially to investigate if there was evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area. Richenda Goffin, SCCAS finds expert was also present to discuss and demonstrate how artefacts were identified and dated. A large selection of analysed artefacts from the community dig was also exhibited .

Richenda Goffin with finds

The schoolchildren who were involved in excavation of test pits on the village green last May had constructed a wonderful mosaic of King Edmund hiding under the Goldbrook Bridge, using post-medieval ceramics, bones and clay pipes that had been found.

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A delicious afternoon tea was enjoyed by all with a background of projected photographs taken throughout the project by Obelon Arts which brought back memories of the hottest weekend of 2013! A short, but impressive film of the community dig project, produced by Koan Arts, including interviews with participants was also shown and rekindled the enthusiasm to participate in future projects.

This can be viewed at

All Our Stories Dig Celebration Meeting

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Celebration Meeting – November 2013

The Ideas Bank/All Our Stories Celebration meeting at Ickworth House was reported in the Eastern Daily Press – a really good feature written by Mark Nicholls. See below for links to the report.

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Urgent – Fieldwalking Cancelled

Urgent Message


Dear All – it is with regret that I have to inform you that the archaeologists think the field is too wet and too heavy to walk on Thursday and Saturday. As the project does not have to be completed until end of March we might be able to squeeze a session in the spring, weather permitting. We will post information on the website in the New Year if this is to go ahead. Very sorry  – and very disappointed.


Field Walking

Hoxne Heritage Group

Want to learn how to fieldwalk like a proper archaeologist?

Why not join us on Thursday, Dec. 5th or Saturday, Dec. 7th on the field opposite Abbey Farm?

If interested, please contact Margaret Sillis on 01379668395 or e-mail
Spaces for Saturday are very limited so early booking is advised.


Ceramics Workshop


On Thursday, October 24th Chris Johnson led a ceramics workshop, with an illustrated talk about ceramics identification from
Roman times through to Victorian times, explaining how processes and materials changed through the ages. He had many examples of pottery and clay pipes for the audience to inspect closely and ask questions about. The workshop was a useful adjunct to the test pit event and helped individuals to identify the artefacts found in their pit. It will also help the identifying of finds when field walking. The evening concluded with refreshments

The Hoxne Hoard

Last Tuesday about 80 people attended the very interesting talk on the Hoxne Hoard by Roger Bland of the British Museum.

If you missed it and wish to see a film of the complete talk follow this link

Hoxne Museum Talk

School Dig Feedback

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This morning (Wednesday, July 17th) Duncan Allan, outreach officer from Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service, returned to St.Edmund’s primary school in Hoxne to discuss the artefacts found when they excavated a couple of test pits on the green in May. He encouraged the children to think how the lives of the people who lived here many years ago differed from life in the village today. He focused particularly on children in the past through objects that were found in the dig, namely a slate pencil, a marble and the heel iron of a small boot.
The children were totally engaged in the exercise and really enthusiastic in their participation. Some children spoke very animatedly about their later experience of taking part in the main dig last week.
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