New Reports online reveal early dates for Dunwich and new Marine Archaeology finds

New research funded by the Touching the Tide project ( and led by Professor David Sear, has revealed clear evidence for Saxon occupation and industry at Dunwich, and a new ship wreck site. Two project reports are available online at this website, and document archaeological and environmental investigations on land, and another documenting recent marine archaeology surveys. These reports show that movement of sands after the storms and surge of 2013/14 have buried much of the archaeology on the sea bed. However a new large wreck site has been located to the north of the harbour, which dates after c. AD 1750. In the second report, new dates for one of the roads and for the Town ditch show them to be of Saxon or earlier origin. Dating of a sediment core from the old harbour estuary reveals evidence for Saxon rope making industry. Collectively the evidence supports the view that Dunwich was a substantial Saxon port, prior to its rapid growth following the Norman invasion. The new reports can be found here: Marine Archaeology Survey / Cliff and Core Survey.

Posted 21/08/2015 16:14

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