Five Saxon graves have been discovered by archaeologists at St Margaret’s. The graves were unearthed at The Droveway by Keith Parfitt, of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, who also discovered Dover’s Bronze Age Boat 20 years ago.
Items found in the graves, including a warrior’s shield, are now being cleaned so that they can be studied more closely. It is hoped they might be put on display at Dover Museum.
Mr Parfitt and his team had been called ahead of plans to build on the site and initial excavations indicated there may well be graves there.
A few weeks ago, before the builders moved in, the archaeologists carried out a more thorough excavation and found five graves. One was believed to have been that of an elderly woman where a brooch was found and another was of a warrior who was buried with his shield. Read more.
(Phys.org) — New research led by the University of Reading has revealed that finds at Glastonbury Abbey provide the earliest archaeological evidence of glass-making in Britain.
Professor Roberta Gilchrist, from the Department of Archaeology, has re-examined the records of excavations that took place at Glastonbury in the 1950s and 1960s.
Glass furnaces recorded in 1955-7 were previously thought to date from before the Norman Conquest. However, radiocarbon dating has now revealed that they date approximately to the 680s, and are likely to be associated with a major rebuilding of the abbey undertaken by King Ine of Wessex. Glass-making at York and Wearmouth is recorded in historical documents in the 670s but Glastonbury provides the earliest and most substantial archaeological evidence for glass-making in Saxon Britain.
The extensive remains of five furnaces have been identified, together with fragments of clay crucibles and glass for window glazing and drinking vessels, mainly of vivid blue-green colour. Read more.
THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds’ worth of rare Saxon silver coins from the Museum of St Albans, which represent the rich history and heritage of the district.
St Albans District Council has said the 30 coins were taken from a locked display cabinet in the Medieval Gallery at the Hatfield Road museum.
It is thought the locks on the cabinet were broken before the coins, estimated to have an insurance value in the region of £12,000, were taken.
The council says the theft occured on or around the weekend of Saturday, January 7.
A sixth or seventh century silver hand pin, discovered in excavations at St Albans Abbey, were also taken from the same case.
The coins were part of a hoard of Saxon silver coins found at the Abbey Orchard in St Albans in 1969 during an excavation by the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, within the area of the monastic buildings attached to the Abbey, prior to the construction of Abbey Primary School. Read more.
A Warwickshire man has described the moment builders found human bones under his patio.
Stephen and Nicky West were having their home redeveloped when one of the builders unearthed the remains.
Mr West said: “There was a tap on the door and the builder said ‘Stephen, I think there’s something you need to see’.
“He had a skull in his hand and I thought ‘oh my goodness’.”
The couple have lived at their house in Ratley, a village in south Warwickshire, for nearly seven years.
The village is near to Edgehill - site of the the battle of Edgehill, where the King’s army clashed with Parliamentarians in 1642 at the start of the English Civil War. Read more.
A Viking carved dragon head, Saxon brooch and Roman coins have all been found at the site of a new hospice in West Norfolk.
Archaeologists have unearthed a range of fascinating artefacts from across the ages as preparation work began for the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House at Hillington, near King’s Lynn.
The carving of the dragon head, about an inch long, is believed to date from the Viking era while the bronze brooch dates to the Middle Saxon period.
“We have a watching brief on the site while the groundwork is being done and have found a number of really interesting artefacts,” said David Whitmore, manager for the Norfolk Archaeological Unit (NAU). Read more.
A 1,500-year-old logboat found buried in the mudflats of a harbour in Hampshire has gone on display.
The Saxon boat excavated from Langstone Harbour in 2003 can be seen in an exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum.
The hollowed out oak tree formed a wooden canoe, which was probably used by local people around 500 AD.
Radiocarbon dating sugests the canoe dates to somewhere between 400 and 640 AD, a period spanning late Roman times to early Saxon.
The Mary Rose Trust has spent seven years conserving the logboat, which was discovered in 2002 by local enthusiasts John Cross and Arthur Thomas Mack who were searching for prehistoric flint tools in the intertidal zone of the harbour. Read more.