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Searching for Saxons

The Searching for Saxons in Lincolnshire project has been set up to rescue an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. The site was discovered by metal detectorists, who found a series of metal objects.

On reporting these to the Historic Places Team, the significance of the site became apparent. The detectorists had found weapons and dress accessories commonly associated with early Saxon burial, including a brooch showing a mysterious moustached man which we have adopted as the project logo – he is thought to provide protection for the wearer…hope he also brings us luck!

Square-headed Anglo-Saxon Brooch c.500 ADv
Square-headed Anglo-Saxon Brooch c.500 AD

Modern farming techniques put the preservation of the site at risk, so the landowner has very kindly offered us the opportunity to investigate. This is where you come in!

Due to social distancing measures we can’t invite you into the field with us but by using digital and social media, we hope to make you all ‘armchair archaeologists’! When social distancing is relaxed, we hope to offer people the opportunity to get hands-on with the archaeology and come and meet us at local events.

For now, we would like to invite you to virtually join the excavation from Tuesday 1st to Friday 11th September So, pull up your armchair sit back and let’s go back in time 1,500 years to the world of the Anglo-Saxons and see what we can all discover…

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where you will be able to read daily blogs and watch videos of our progress and on the last day we will be holding a virtual open day where we will live stream the site, the archaeologists, the finds and you will be able to ask us questions.


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