Clare Castle, Suffolk - Excavations - September 2019

The 2019 season of community excavation in the Inner Bailey of Clare Castle starts on Monday 9th September until 27th September.  This is part of an HLF project to enhance the public enjoyment and understanding of the Castle and its environs. Last year excavation in the Outer Bailey identified the remains of building footings, hearths and surfaces. Finds of 12th-13th century horseshoes and fiddle-key nails support 14th century documentary reports that this area housed the horses, dogs and huntsmen but metal finds also included several examples of M7 military arrowheads of mainly 11th-13th century date.  


This year we are digging close to the motte where excavation in 2013 by ACA identified the probable site of the 11th century College of Secular Canons and hope to identify evidence for the use of the site immediately prior to the construction of the motte, as well of course of evidence of use during the life of the castle.  


We shall be holding an Open Day on 22nd September between 12 and 4pm to which everyone is invited, or, if your members are interested, we can organize a group visit for you.


If you would like any further information or more detail please feel free to contact me:

Joanna Caruth

Project Manager (Publications)

  t  01449 900121

m 07764 371411


Unit 5, Plot 11, Maitland Road, Lion Barn Industrial Estate

Needham Market, Suffolk IP6 8NZ


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