Last year, we found some prehistoric artefacts and features. To find out whether they were part of a larger (and previously unknown) prehistoric settlement at Leiston, we need to carry out further investigations into some of the nearby humps and bumps, and have a look at what’s underneath the mysterious crop marks.
Our site, Leiston Abbey, was home in the Middle Ages to a community Premonstratensians, an order of canons regular originally founded by Saint Norbert in 1120. They were known as the White Canons due to the colour of their habits and, as they go, were a pretty radical order. And yet, little is known about how the community sustained itself. We need to investigate the perimeters and surrounding fields of the abbey to find out what kind of industry and agricultural activity took place.
Suffolk is haunted by the legend of Black Shuck, a great black beast of a dog with fiery red eyes, who supposedly killed the parishioners on a dark and stormy night. So when we discovered the bones of a big dog in the abbey grounds, the Daily Mail seized upon the story and reported that we’d found the bones of Black Shuck. As disappointing as it may sound, we’re not actually trying to find any devil dogs, headless horses or paranormal parrots (though don’t tell that to the Daily Mail!)
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