First of all many thanks who offered their assistance regarding my query
about Brandon's possible town wall - I am meeting Bob Carr this afternoon and
hopefully he can give me the professional archaeologist's perspective on the
However, here is my dilemma. I have been commissioned by the local
Communities Partnership to write a book about the history of Brandon. As I am limited
by funds to producing a fairly slim volume I will be unable to cover any
particular topic in any great detail.
The problem remains that much of Brandon's early history (as in many places)
can only be reconstructed from archaeological evidence. I have been fortunate
that the Suffolk Archaeology Service, and a local metal detectorist (who
works closely with the S.A.S. I hasten to add) have been very generous in sharing
information with me as I attempt to piece together the origins of the town.
But how am I to attempt to explain where and how the town developed (the focus
of occupation has now moved) without giving the game away to unscrupulous
treasure hunters? I will certainly not betray the trust of those who have let me
in on the location of secret sites, all information given to me in confidence
will remain confidential. I am therefore faced with a bit of a gap at a key
point in the book.
Can anyone advise how I might best proceed without putting these sites (only
one of which is scheduled and previously publicised) in danger?
I am practising being suitably vague at present!
Brandon Heritage Project