Haddenham dig yields finds dating back 1,400 years
And, despite the dig taking place over a small site, the dig turned up a wealth of finds, including nine burials and plenty of grave goods in what experts believe was a Saxon burial ground.
The bodies discovered are believed to date back to the early Saxon period - around the 6th century AD - and included both men and women, young and old.
|The early Saxon man who fell on his shield has been found buried with a knife and spear alongside a jewellery-clad woman during a dig on a residential site in a Cambridgeshire village [Credit: © Courtesy Pre-Construct Archaeology]|
The burials included a man found lying on a decorative shield, with a knife and a spear also discovered.
A beaded necklace was found around the neck and upper torso of a woman, who was also buried with a belt made with copper and iron fittings.
|Grave goods, weaponry and everyday items from the 6th century surfaced during the|
excavation in Haddenham [Credit: © Courtesy Pre-Construct Archaeology]
Jonathan House, of Pre-Construct Archaeology, said: “Projects such as these prove how even the smallest developments can yield a wealth of archaeological information and details not only of how people lived but also of their treatment toward the dead more than 1,400 years ago.
“This is especially important during those periods, such as the early Saxon era, which have left little or no historical data.”
Author: Daniel Mansfield | Source: Ely Standard [February 20, 2014]