Ipswich Excavation Archive now online

Internationally important Ipswich excavation archive is made publicly accessible

Between 1974 and 1990 there were 36 excavations within the historic core of Ipswich.   The results of these excavations are of international importance due to the early origins of the town. Middle Saxon Ipswich was one of only a handful of English trading settlements displaying urban characteristics in the 700’s, alongside London, Southampton and York.

The excavations were archived and carried out by the Suffolk Archaeological Unit (subsequently Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service) under the direction of Keith Wade but never fully published.   The results have now for the first time been made publicly accessible as a web-based resource on the Archaeology Data Service; http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/ipswich_parent_2015/

The distribution of excavated sites is shown in an 'Interactive Map' and there are also summary narrative reports describing the chronological sequence and the range of features and activities identified for each site.  It is hoped that the data will be the basis of new research into the development of Ipswich.

The consolidation of the 1974-90 archive and the preparation of the digital archive by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service has been funded by English Heritage (now Historic England) between 2009 and 2015. 


Dr Abby Antrobus

Senior Archaeological Officer

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service

6 The Churchyard, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1RX

01284 741231