Triple Grave a "Significant Anglo-Saxon Discovery"

This Is Lincolnshire: The discovery of three skeletons, dating to about 1,500 years ago, in a shallow grave in Lincolnshire has yielded some interesting artifacts and clues about Anglo-Saxon life. The three individuals -- a female warrior about six feet tall, buried with a shield and dagger; a man who "had his hand over a pot which had deliberately been made with holes in it so that it would never be used again"; and a woman with "amber beads around her neck and her feet were tied with a rope," according to Councillor Marianne Overton of the Navenby Archaeological Society -- may not actually be related, said Thomas Cadbury, curator of the Lincoln City and County Museum.

Adam Daubney, an archaeologist for the Lincolnshire County Council, is especially intrigued with the amber beads around the second woman's neck. "The nearest source for amber is the Baltic region -- the Scandinavian countries," he said. "This could suggest that there were some good trade routes around that time. But there have also been well documented instances of amber getting washed up along the eastern coastline - so possibly the necklace originated closer to home."

"What struck me was that there are probably a lot more sites like this around the county which we simply don't know about," said Overton. "I felt that it was a tangible link with the past. Discoveries like this help people to appreciate their cultural place in this world."