About the Project


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 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 amongst the longest of anywhere in this country.

The aim of Pathways to the Past: Exploring the Legacy of Ethelburga is to enable further excavation to reveal the 7th Century church and in so doing, to provide an enduring legacy for inhabitants and visitors to this lovely part of Kent.  You can read more about the overall project here and read a summary of the first 5 weeks of our dig here.

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Aerial view from the south east of the Norman church of St Mary and St Ethelburga, Lyminge, with the apse of the 7th Century church visible to the south of the nave of the Norman church

Follow the links in the Category Cloud at the side of the page, or scroll down to the list of Pages to learn more about our project, and also about the history, the archaeology, the church and the environment that make this village so special.

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