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17th January 2017

Lyminge Historical Society

Lyminge is rich with archaeology and many excavations over the years have shown a variety of archaeological finds.  Archaeological evidence has covered the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Jutes and Anglo-Saxon periods of history.  An early interest in archaeology in Lyminge was that of Canon Jenkins who was Rector of the Parish Church in Lyminge in the mid-nineteenth century.  When the Elham Valley Railway was started in the nineteenth century, finds were discovered in Lyminge.  In the 1950s, a Jutish Cemetery was discovered when a mushroom shed was being constructed in a field off Canterbury Road.  This led to three digs being carried out and the discovery of some very interesting grave artefacts.

Recently, Dr Gabor Thomas, Dr Alexandra Knox and their team from the University of Reading have been undertaking archaeological digs in Lyminge.  In 2008 a dig was undertaken at the Old Rectory.  In 2009 a dig was completed in the Churchyard and, in 2010, a third dig was carried out in Rectory Lane.   Since 2012 there have been four excavations on Tayne Field, off Church Road.  

This illustration by Mark Gridley of Reading University, shows how the village scene might have looked on Tayne Field, in the village of Lyminge, Kent, in the 7th Century.  

It is based on the Anglo-Saxon royal meeting halls that were excavated on Tayne Field from 2012-2014, directed by Dr Gabor Thomas and his team of the University of Reading, as part of the Lyminge Archaeological Project. This was an ambitious programme of village-core archaeology funded by the Arts and Humanities Research

Council.The project was based at the University of Reading and also involved professional archaeologists, student trainees, volunteers from local archaeological societies and local residents from Lyminge and neighbouring communities.  The project was recognised by being highly commended in the 2012 British Archaeology Awards' category of “Best Project”.

2015 - Tayne Field Dig

2014 - Tayne Field Dig

2013 - Tayne Field Dig

2012 - Tayne Field Dig

2010 - Rectory Lane Dig

2009 - Churchyard Dig

2008 - The Old Rectory Dig

1953 - 1955 - The Jutish Cemetery Dig

The Railway Discovery

19th Cent. Work Of Canon Jenkins


Archaeological Lyminge

Conjectural reconstruction of the 7th Century royal complex excavated on Tayne Field from 2012-2014.  (Illustration by Mark Gridley.)