Posted 18th Mar 2016 by Peter Byrne
A nine day dig has uncovered what has been called a discovery of "world importance" after uncovering what was believed to traces of Dunwich, Suffolk's famous "lost city"
The nine day dig carried out last summer revealed that the medieval port city was not entirely engulfed by the North Sea as was once believed.
The dig was led by Professor Carenza Lewis, who has said that the evidence should be followed up by new excavations as quickly as possible, before what was once believed actually happens and the ruins are lost to the sea.
The dig was paid by the Heritage Lottery-funded Touching the Tide Landscape Partnership Scheme and the findings were outlined by Professor Lewis as she opened the new "lost city" display at Dunwich Museum, "Storm Shaped Coast".
Professor Lewis explained that two areas of clay floor surface were uncovered in one of four archaeological trenches that were dug during the study. Along with copious amounts of medieval pottery, they were found in a trench that is now woodland and is believed to have been a 'continuation' of the community's St James' Street, with the two areas of flooring dated to after 1200AD and the other 1400AD.
Speaking about the findings, she said: “These are clearly in an area where the medieval town was. For so long it has been supposed that the city was lost to the sea and that is has all gone, but we can see we have floor surfaces there, and a remarkably large area of them, too. This is of world importance but sooner or later it will go. We really want to get some more digging done and open it up and see what is there.”
Image courtesy of East Anglian Daily Times