This graffiti log is one of the projects being undertaken by the Stour Valley Community Archaeology group as part of a wider community archaeology initiative.

Our aim to photograph and record the graffiti found in the Stour Valley's medieval churches. Our members will forward data to the Suffolk Medieval graffiti survey and will join the growing data set of surveys inspired by the pioneering Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey.

We are updating this blog constantly with a selection of photographs from the churches visited by our volunteers. We want the project to be as open and accessible as possible, and we welcome everyone who wishes to get involved in this SVCA venture.

The Stour Valley Community Archeology home page can be found at


Interpreting graffiti

One of the intriguing aspects of graffiti is that of interpretation. Sadly we don't have the knowledge or resources to answer what the graffiti *means*, or what it's original *function* might have been. Individual theories and explanations may well develop as more and more graffiti is recorded in a systematic way.  A good place to start looking for answers if the Norfolk medieval graffiti survey's webite.  This site also has a useful bibliography and secton on interpretation.

That said we welcome your thoughts and ideas around any graffiti or information you read here. If you have seen a symbol which reminds you of a graffito, be that architecturally, or in a manuscript for example, or if you have a theory around a particular piece of graffiti, please use one of the contact e-mails at the bottom of the page to tell us about it.
We are particularly interested in hearing the views of people who have some expert knowledge they can bring to bear on any aspect of graffiti. Palaeography, architectural history, armoury, heraldry and costume experts, if you can shed any light and help us to understand the graffiti we are recording then we would appreciate your assistance.