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It’s been quite a while since our last updates on the Lyminge Project, but we have some lovely ‘Lyminge News’ to share with you all from this ‘behind-the-excavation’ period of research.
Our focus over these last few years of digging in the village has been the wonderful archaeology, but just as important has been our impact on the community and the village, and our fantastic team of local volunteers and visitors, some of whom have been finds washing with us since the first test pits in 2007 and the first large excavations in 2008.
We were particularly thrilled, therefore, when a group of our volunteers asked if we would mind if they designed a tapestry to commemorate the excavations – of course we were thrilled!
As promised, we will keep you posted on progress on the results of these applications over the coming months. The shot below recently taken at Dana’s Sittingbourne Lab contains items you will recognise from previous blog posts, and is a wonderful example of what happens to the artefacts after the excitement of excavation: Here you can see a selection of gilded Anglo-Saxon brooches – a garnet-inlaid disc brooch (top left), a pair of button brooches (top and centre right) and a Frankish bird brooch (top centre) – alongside the fragment of a buckle (centre), the collar (centre left) from a decorative setting, and, at the bottom, a lovely iron spearhead.
We are pleased to report that some of the star finds made in last summer’s excavation have been conserved by Dana Goodburn-Brown and we wanted to share the fantastic results with you. All of these objects were recovered from the midden deposits excavated from ‘The Blob’ and date to the sixth-century AD, contemporary with the use of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery located at the north of the village.
The latest discoveries from Lyminge and their wider importance obviously take centre stage (enhanced by an extensive selection of colour illustrations, including wonderful shots of the Anglo-Saxon glass taken by John Piddock!
), but the volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of monasticism in Anglo-Saxon Kent and the archaeology of early medieval monasticism more generally.
The volume will be published in the series We will circulate a post as soon as the volume rolls off the press.
I have saved what I consider to be my favourite piece of Lyminge Archaeology news until last.
It might seem like the project has been hibernating, and certainly the blog has been rather quiet in the months following the completion of our final excavation in summer 2015, but we wanted to reassure you that there is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes.
The project Director, Gabor Thomas, is currently fully absorbed in completing funding applications for the large and complex programme of post-excavation analysis required to bring the excavations to publication.
Copies of the volume will be donated to Lyminge Historical Society and Lyminge Library in recognition of all the support and encouragement which local residents have given to the project.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating