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The mystery in the marsh Exploring an Anglo- Saxon island at Little Carlton
In May 2014, Current Archaeology reported on the discovery of a plaque inscribed with the name of an Anglo-Saxon woman, ‘Cudburg’, at Little Carlton near Louth, Lincolnshire. The site has since emerged as one of the most important high-status settlements yet found in the region. Peter Townend, hugh Willmott, Adam Daubney, and graham Vickers explain how they brought to light the story of an early medieval marsh-island community.
If you visit Little Carlton – a typically tranquil rural settlement in the Lindsey Marsh, where traces of medieval ridge and furrow, paddocks, isolated farms, and historic buildings nestle between pockets of woodland, arable fields, and grassland – it is easy to feel that little has changed for centuries. Certainly, the Lincolnshire parish,
which lies 9km from the east coast, is known to date back at least as far as the time of the 1086 Domesday Book, in which it is listed – while the discovery of a Late Saxon (later 10th or 11th
BELOW Metal-detector and geophysical surveys, LiDAR scans, and archaeological excavation have all come together to reveal a previously unknown high-status site at Little Carlton, near Louth. Finds like this well-preserved 8th-century sceat (INSET ABOVE) held the key to dating it to the Middle Saxon period.