Anglo Saxon discovery at Caistor St Edmund changes minds about 5th century England

Excavations at the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at at Caistor St Edmund, near Norwich, England, are changing minds about life in 5th century Britain. The discovery of an Anglo Saxon building "showed the site was far more complex than first thought, and not solely a Roman settlement."

Even though the Romans abandoned the town in the early 5th century, "We shouldn't imagine a bunch of people in togas getting on ships and sailing back to Italy," said Dr Will Bowden, project leader. "They would have moved into surrounding countryside or further west in the face of pressure from incoming Anglo-Saxon tribes."