Sunday, September 20, 2020

Watch online as Anglo-Saxon cemetery near Lincoln is excavated

An early Anglo-Saxon cemetery near Lincoln that has lain hidden for 1,600 years is being excavated, with the whole process shared online.

The site in Cammeringham was discovered by metal detectorists back in September 2019, who found a series of weapons and dress accessories.

The discovery of a cremation site close to Lincoln is highly unusual and is part of what marks this as a site of national significance.

“This is really exciting. It is such an important and significant site for our Lincolnshire heritage,” said Lisa Brundle, finds liaison officer at Lincolnshire County Council.

“We’ve seen amazing jewellery, brooches and weapons found here previously, including a brooch showing a mysterious moustached man – he is thought to have provided the wearer with luck. Who knows what we might find this time!”

Experts will be carrying out the excavation element of the project until 11 September. You can watch the excavation from the comfort of your own home by visiting ‘Searching for Saxons’ on Facebook to see and interact with experts while they rescue the cemetery.

Lisa added: “On the Facebook page, there will be lots of amazing resources: daily blogs, videos of our progress and even a virtual open day live streamed from the site, where you can speak to the archaeologists and find out about the site.

“We hope that when the social distancing guidelines are relaxed, locals can have the opportunity to get hands-on with the archaeology and come and meet us at local events.”

The project is being run by Network Archaeology and will include excavation of the site, preservation of finds, and working with local schools.

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