Watch live stream of Saxon cemetery excavation

A cemetery in a village near Lincoln is currently being excavated by archaeologists after being hidden for 1,600 years — and you can watch the work being done live.

The site, which is a mile away from the village of Cammeringham, was discovered by metal detectorists in September 2019, who found a series of brooches, girdle hangers, a spearhead, and at least one cremation dating back to around the fifth to sixth centuries.

The project is being run by Network Archaeology and from Tuesday, September 1 to Friday, September 11 people can watch experts rescue the Anglo-Saxon cemetery here.

The site is strategically positioned along a ridge, overlooking the Trent Valley and an old Roman road.

While there is evidence of a Roman kiln at Cammeringham, the discovery of early Saxon material has pushed back the earliest known settlement to the fifth to sixth centuries.

First trench, first find!

Posted by Searching for Saxons on Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Lisa Brundle, finds liaison officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is really exciting. It is such an important and significant site for our Lincolnshire heritage. We’ve seen amazing jewellery, brooches and weapons found here previously, including a brooch showing a mysterious moustached man – he is thought to have provided the wearer with luck. Who knows what we might find this time!

“On the Facebook page, there will be lots of amazing resources – daily blogs, videos of our progress and even a virtual open day live streamed from the site, where you can speak to the archaeologists and find out about the site.

“We hope that when the social distancing guidelines are relaxed, locals can have the opportunity to get hands-on with the archaeology and come and meet us at local events.”

Test pitting before trenching.

Posted by Searching for Saxons on Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The early Anglo-Saxon artefacts are being conserved by undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Conservation Department at the University of Lincoln.

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