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.
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”.