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


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.


  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


    • 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 (, you could try getting in touch with the organiser Dr Hugh Willmott (
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team


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