New Anglo-Saxon Discoveries arrive in Town Centre

A travelling exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, about Reading University's excavations at Lyminge has arrived at the Forum Shopping Centre, Sittingbourne. The exhibition has been hosted at museums across Kent over the past year, and now the CSI: Sittingbourne project is delighted to be hosting the exhibition for the next 6 months. Visitors will be able to learn about the excavations and finds research, and see many exciting Anglo-Saxon finds, like a rare turned bone gaming piece and part of an iron plough, close – up! 

Alexandra Knox, Co-Director of the Lyminge Archaeological Project Says:

"The Lyminge Archaeological Project has uncovered  unparalleled Anglo-Saxon settlement evidence over the past six years, from timber halls forming a pagan Royal Estate through to the precinct of an 8th-9th century monastery, and with each phase full of exciting artefacts and archaeology. We are delighted that the Lyminge Archaeological Project travelling exhibition is stopping at CSI: Sittingbourne, with our excavations of the high-status occupation in Anglo-Saxon Lyminge providing a settlement parallel to the wonderful cemetery finds from the Meads. The excavations at Lyminge are community-focused with opportunities to volunteer and learn field skills, and many of our finds are conserved at CSI: Sittingbourne. The team at the Lyminge Project are thrilled to be a part of the post-excavation stage of community training and engagement, which can only happen with funded support and donations to keep CSI: Sittingbourne going."

 
It is a great opportunity for people living in, or passing through Sittingbourne to see the exciting discoveries – eg. combs, beads, brooches, knives, from these two Kent Anglo-Saxon sites, and witness the conservation work that is happening alongside the exhibition. New discoveries being made daily under the CSI: Sittingbourne microscopes!

 

The new Lyminge exhibition features finds and information that will appear soon on the upcoming BBC4 series Digging for Britain.  In this, the third series of Digging for Britain, Alice Roberts is joined by archaeologist and fellow Time Team veteran, Matt Williams, to look at the most exciting new archaeological discoveries being made in Britain. In the programme focussing on archaeology in the east of the UK, Alice and Matt will interview archaeologist Gabor Thomas about the recent Lyminge excavations. 

 

Alice Roberts said, “CSI: Sittingbourne is a fantastic project - where the local community has risen to the challenge of becoming archaeological conservation volunteers, helping with the work of uncovering new secrets about their own heritage. But now more funding is needed to finish the task of conserving the rest of the wonderful objects from the graves in the Meads cemetery. Some people are helping the project enormously by giving their time and their newly developed expertise to the project. But anyone can help by making a donation."

 

 

 

The Meads/Lyminge exhibition is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays up til Christmas; the conservation lab is open on Thursdays. The team are working hard on fundraising in order to open up 6 days per week, as they had operated at the start. Please contact Dana at danagb@msn.com if you think you can help.

 

links for more information:

 

on Lyminge excavations: https://www.facebook.com/Lymingearchaeology?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=888335594511974&set=vb.479663788712492&type=2&theater

 

on CSI: Sittingbourne: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anglo-Saxon-CSI-Sittingbourne/247290788632730

 

for making a donation: danagb@msn.com or contact Sittingbourne Heritage Museum https://www.facebook.com/SittingbourneHM?fref=ts

 

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