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Southwold and Reydon 2014

Test Pit Location Map

Test Pit Pottery Report

Test Pit Faunal Remains Report

Test Pit Lithics Report

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Information about Touching the Tide and photographs from each days digging can be seen here


The full written report of the Southwold and Reydon test pitting can be downloaded here.


A total of 16 test pits were excavated over four days, with eight located in Southwold and the other eight in the adjacent village of Reydon. The excavation was organised and funded by the Heritage Lottery Funded project, Touching the Tide with the support of Southwold Museum and Historical Society who recruited local volunteers and test pit sites.

With just 16 pits excavated, it is difficult to draw reliable inferences about the settlements’ development, but it is noteworthy that there was little evidence for activity leading to pottery deposition in either village until after the Norman Conquest. After this date a cluster of sites producing medieval pottery in the south of Reydon and the north of Southwold has been noted, suggesting a potential focus of settlement either side of Buss Creek. Much like the ACA test pit excavation results from Walberswick, both the settlements of Southwold and Reydon seem to have been scarcely affected by the Black Death during the 14th century.

The majority of the test pits yielded either burnt stone or worked flint, suggesting that the prominent position of both settlements, located along the River Blyth with easy access to the North Sea was attractive to humans in the prehistoric period.