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River Alde dig sheds light on Saxon and Roman times
By Guy Campbell
BBC Suffolk

Barber's Point excavation
Pupils from Benhall Primary School have been helping at the dig

In secluded marshes near Aldeburgh lies a rich archaeological site, with traces of Roman and Saxon life.

After six years of excavations, the history of Barber's Point is finally being revealed.

In the summer of 2010, archaeologists found more evidence of an early Christian church from Saxon times.

Local volunteers and school children have helped with the project and they have also found large quantities of Roman pottery.

The River Alde Saxon Heritage Project is organised by the Aldeburgh & District Local History Society.

At least five graves have been discovered lying in an east-west alignment together with post holes indicating there was a small chapel or church there.

Finds include remnants of Roman salt-making fires and Ipswich-ware from the Saxon period.

"The area was very significant is Saxon times when rivers such as the Alde and the Deben were the equivalent to the roads of today," said Richard Newman, project manager for the dig.

Roman artefacts were found here in 1907, but it's only in more recent years that archaeologists have discovered more about the site.

The excavation and school visits were made possible thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant of £27,900.

Barber's Point is a promontory on the north bank of the Alde - a couple of miles west of Aldeburgh.

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