Contact

Location: Little Carlton, nr Louth, Lincolnshire
Dates: 2 two-week sessions; 1) 2nd-14th July 2) 16th-28th July
Cost: £500 per two-week session, includes food and camping.
Age: Over 17’s only
Training / Experience: None
Accommodation: Yes in the form of camping
Organization: University of Sheffield
Name: Dr Hugh Willmott
Address: Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0114 2222940
Web: https://www.digcarlton.com

Details

Discovered in 2011 by a metal detectorist, Little Carlton is a high status Middle Saxon site. Many of finds are characteristic of a typical Saxon settlement: domestic pins and personal items, from strap-ends and pins, to hooked tags and tweezers. Others hint at a community who enjoyed and had access to the finer things in life. The presence of over 16 styli (writing implements) provide evidence for secular book-keeping or ecclesiastical activity.

Since 2015 excavations have revealed a wealth of information about the life of the settlement: many of the ditches had been ultimately used as refuse dumps, yielding quantities of Middle Saxon pottery and butchered animal bone.

A trench to the south of the road provided evidence for industrial activity, while a large open-plan excavation to the south-east revealed in excess of thirty east-west inhumations. Radiocarbon dates on a number of the individuals indicates a date of AD650-710, placing it within the period when Christianity became the dominant religion.

2017 will see the continuation of our excavations where we will be revealing some of the large post-build halls and other buildings on the site for the first time.

2 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Barrett
    July 9, 2017 @ 1:38 pm

    Please can you confirm if there Is there an Open Day at the Little Carlton site this year , and if so, the date and opening times and directions?
    Many thanks

    Reply

    • CA
      July 10, 2017 @ 8:42 am

      Hi Elizabeth,
      If you have any questions about the Little Cartlon dig that are not answered on their own website (www.digcarlton.com), you could try getting in touch with the organiser Dr Hugh Willmott (h.willmott@sheffield.ac.uk).
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team

      Reply

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