Sheffield Archaeology in the news!

Dr Hugh Willmott and Sheffield Archaeology students involved in uncovering a newly discovered Anglo-Saxon island.

A recent Current Archaeology article, co-authored by Sheffield Archaeology PhD student Pete Townend, Hugh Willmott and colleagues, has sparked international media interest.

The article, 'The Mystery in the Marsh', documents the discovery of an island, which was home to a Middle Saxon settlement, at Little Carlton near Louth, Lincolnshire by archaeologists from the University of Sheffield.

Mystery in the Marsh

“It’s clearly a very high-status Saxon site. It’s one of the most important sites of its kind in that part of the UK. The quantity of finds that have come from the site is very unusual – it’s clearly not your everyday find.”

Hugh Willmott

The exciting discovery was made after a local metal detectorist Graham Vickers reported an intriguing item to the Lincolnshire Finds Liaison Officer (FLO), Dr Adam Daubney, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme which encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Local and national newspapers have picked up the story, along with BBC news and radio and international news outlets.

You can read more about the story here:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/newly-discovered-anglo-saxon-island-1.555239