A HUMAN skeleton possibly dating from Anglo Saxon times was discovered during an archaeological dig in Manuden.
The remains were found close to the main road in one of 10 test pits that were dug in gardens of homes around the village.“The skeleton is thought to be male, about 6ft tall and it was a Christian burial as his hands were crossed over his pelvis,” said Fiona Bengtsen, chairman of Manuden and Berden History Society.
“As the pits are only one metre square only part of the body was visible. It was right at the bottom of the pit as the students were about to close and backfill the pit so photographs were hurriedly taken and samples of soil taken before the pit was closed. Read more.
Archaeologists excavating a medieval church in a dales village have found further evidence that the site was an Anglo Saxon settlement.
A carved section from an eighth century stone cross was unearthed during a dig at St Botolph’s field in Frosterley in Weardale this week.
The discovery was met with great excitement from the archaeologists and volunteers who were digging on the site as part of the Altogether Archaeology project.
Paul Frodsham, historic environment officer at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, which is leading the project, said: “This is not the kind of thing that happens every day. Read more.
An excavation on Salisbury plain has proved an unusually emotional experience for the volunteer archaeologists, as soldiers recovering from injuries received in Afghanistan have made a surprise discovery: the remains of warriors who died more than 1,400 years ago.
The haul astonished professionals from Wessex Archaeology, who led Operation Nightingale, an award-winning project to give soldiers new skills and interests as part of their rehabilitation. The excavation was expected to produce modest results, after earlier digs had turned up empty army ration packs and spent ammunition. Instead, they revealed their ancient counterparts, including an Anglo Saxon soldier buried with his spear and what must have been a treasured possession, a small wooden drinking cup decorated with bronze bands. Read more.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have been showing off their discoveries from a dig in the Meon Valley.
Thames Valley Archaeological Services spent the week excavating a site north of West Meon near the A32.
The site had been used as a burial ground during both the Bronze Age period around 1700 BC and then again as a Saxon Cemetery around 700AD.
Dr Steve Ford, leader of the dig, said: “We have found around 30/35 graves and these are pagan Anglo Saxon men so some are buried with spears and we have also found a shield.
“Others are buried with knives and glass and stone beads and other bits of metal work so it has been quite a good find.” Read more.
Four years ago it was revealed that a rare Viking meeting place – a Thynghowe – had been re-discovered in Sherwood Forest, England. Since then, efforts have been stepped up to unravel its past and gradually one of Nottinghamshire’s most mysterious ancient monuments is yielding its secrets.
Earlier this year archaeologists not only created a 3-D topographic model of the earthen mound but they also decided to test out the acoustics of the site.
Experts from University College London and the Friends of Thynghowe soon discovered that it was a perfect place to be heard. They recited passages in Anglo Saxon from the top of the mound, while researchers tested how well they could be heard in the surrounding area. Read more.