From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present


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Orford Castle

West Stow
Suffolk is a county of historic origin in East Anglia. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. The North Sea lies to the east.

The county is low-lying with a few hills and is largely a wetland habitat and some arable land within the wetlands.

Suffolk is renowned for archaeological finds from the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Artefacts that have been found in the West Suffolk area, which include items such as swords, spearheads, arrows, axes, palstaves, knives, daggers, rapiers, armour, decorative equipment and fragments of sheet bronze. Suffolk encompasses one of the most ancient regions of the UK. These include a monastery in Bury St. Edmunds founded in 630AD and widespread early settlement in the region by Mesolithic man as far back as c.7000BC, with Roman settlements Lakenheath, Long Melford, later Bronze and Saxon settlements.

In the East of the county is Sutton Hoo, the site of one of England's most signicant Anglo-Saxon archæological finds, a ship burial containing a collection of treasures including a Sword of State, gold and silver bowls and jewellery and a lyre.