Because of the bad weather over night, Day 29 was a wash-out so far as digging was concerned. We did however manage to get in our standard half day on Saturday, when we continued with excavating the burials in the chancel of the Anglo-Saxon church. At the moment, we have no reason to think these … Continue reading Day 30 – Round-up on a revelatory 5 weeks of digging
It may not look very much but this is a very important piece of pottery. It comes from a sealed layer in a pit in the trench we have opened to the east of the War Memorial in the New Churchyard, and it appears to be Middle Saxon, dating probably to the mid 7th Century. … Continue reading Day 28 – Filling a gap in our knowledge of Ethelburga’s monastery
After a break of something over 900 years, the Anglo-Saxon church once again saw a church service within its walls this evening. Evensong began with prayers conducted from the chancel. These were selected from the Ionan tradition with which Queen Ethelburga no doubt became familiar when she was in Northumbria. This was a one-off opportunity. … Continue reading Putting the church back into use
The current exhibition at the British Library in London is a chance to see some of the greatest treasures surviving from the Anglo-Saxon period. There are fabulous manuscripts such as the beautifully decorated Lindisfarne Gospels or the massive Codex Amiatinus, a complete bible created in Jarrow in County Durham in the 8th Century that is … Continue reading Getting close to Ethelburga
We are delighted to report that Lyminge a history Part 10 is now published and there are two articles within it relating to the church. On the cover is an extract from Canon Jenkins's own field notes showing an early sketch of what he found and what we believe to be an early Anglo-Saxon church, … Continue reading So what are we hoping to find when we dig in the church yard?