In 2012, Oxford Archaeology, in partnership with Pre-Construct Archaeology (OA-PCA), carried out an excavation at Stoke Quay in Ipswich in advance of a mixed retail and residential development. The work was commissioned by Ramboll UK on behalf of ISG Construction, which developed the site for Genesis Housing.

The excavation was one of the largest in Ipswich, and expectations for significant results were high. The site did not disappoint. It included some 1100 burials ranging in date from the late 9th/10th to late 15th century, along with Middle Saxon occupation features and the remains of the church of St Augustine. Other discoveries included a rare Ipswich ware pottery kiln, and a pristine Saxon glass cup retrieved from a barrow grave.

The size of the burial population provided an excellent opportunity to investigate many aspects of medieval life and health using the latest scientific methods.