Kids learn radiocarbon dating
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.Not only has the team made friends for life, the beautiful tapestry is proof of the positive impact archaeology and history can have on a community.We’ll be back soon to update you on whats happening with the project, and of course let you know when the conference proceedings are published.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.Those wishing to purchase their own copy can do so through Oxbow Books.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!
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.
We had a tricky summer because of the weather, but we’re happy to be able to say that we think we have answered all the questions we came back to Lyminge to answer – even if we did get a bit wet doing it!
We found some really fantastic objects and archaeology, and had great fun with a really enthusiastic team all dedicated to helping get the work done in the limited time we had.
You can see this below: This picture from the 2014 excavations shows the alignment of the Timber Hall.
The most westerly doorway (outside the photo) was excavated this year, in the 2015 excavations, proving the length of the building and the carefully ordered alignments of buildings within the ritual complex Not only is this structure carefully proportioned and balanced architectually, the entire complex of buildings excavated on Tayne Field line up beautifully.