Friday, 4 March 2016

1,200 year old Anglo-Saxon island found in Lincolnshire

A glass counter decorated with twisted strands.
British archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a previously unknown Anglo-Saxon island, located in the village of Little Carlton, near Louth, Lincolnshire.

Once home to a Middle Saxon settlement, many intriguing items emerged from the field. The items include another 20 styli, about 300 dress pins, a huge number of “sceattas” – coins from the 7th-8th centuries – and a small lead tablet bearing the female Anglo-Saxon name, Cudberg.
It is thought the settlement might have been an island monastery or a trading center. Using geophysical and magnetometry surveys along with 3D modelling, the researchers digitally restored the water level of the island to its higher medieval state.

It was connected to the outside world through waterways.

The presence of coins from various parts of mainland Europe offered evidence of commerce with Germany, Scandinavia and the Low Countries.

Loom weights unearthed by archaeologists indicated that the Anglo-Saxons may have exported woven textiles while importing pottery and wine.
The Middle Saxon settlement in the kingdom of Lindsey, later Northumbria, may have thrived until its abandonment around the time when the Vikings began to pillage the British Isles.