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The Survey

The Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey (SMGS) was established in 2014 as a follow on project from the multi award winning Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey (NMGS). Like the NMGS it is an entirely volunteer led community archaeology project.

Although the SMGS is a community archaeology project it aims to undertake surveys, recording and cataloguing to the highest professional standards. The project aims to record all of its result with the church authorities and the local Historic Environment Record (HER) - thereby ensuring that the work will be available for generations to come. The SMGS is also strongly committed to publishing its findings and making them available to the wider archaeological community. The SMGS is an opportunity for real people to undertake real and meaningful archaeology.

The Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey is changing the way we look at the very fabric of our historic church buildings. Where instances of medieval graffiti were originally thought to be relatively rare within the county, the survey has now established that the phenomena are far more common and tell us a great deal about the people who once lived and worshiped there.