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Lyminge is a village in the county of Kent in the south-east of England, and is situated at the head of the Elham Valley, nestling in the spectacular North Downs, between Canterbury and Folkestone.

Lyminge boasts a unique place in early Anglo Saxon history.  The settlement began in the 5th Century, becoming a royal estate centre, and then we believe, acquired one of the earliest masonry churches built in England after the Roman period.  It has a sequence of continuous occupation in the Anglo-Saxon period longer than anywhere else so far discovered in this country.

The aim of Pathways to the Past: Exploring the Legacy of Ethelburga is to enable further excavation to reveal whether we do actually have an early church building and in so doing, to provide an enduring legacy for inhabitants and visitors to this lovely part of Kent.  You can read more here

Finds from the midden

Some of the high quality metalwork from the excavations of the rubbish dump in 2015: gilded copper alloy jewellery and an iron spearhead (© Dana Goodburn-Brown)

Follow the links down the side of the page to learn more about our project, and also about the history, the archaeology, the church and the environment that make this village so special.

If you would like to support our project, please follow the DONATE link below to our crowd-funding site at Go Fund Me: