Lyminge excavations shed light on the "Dark Ages"

After the Romans left Britain in the 5th century, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes moved in, bringing their culture and architecture to the country. The recent discovery of what is believed to be an Anglo-Saxon royal feasting hall in the Kent, England village of Lyminge is shining a new light on the 7th century in England. Jason Urbanus of Archaeology has a feature story. (aerial photos)

The settlement began as Pagan, but when the Anglo Saxons converted to Christianity, it slowly transformed into a Christian monastery. Archaeologists working at the site hope that discoveries made there might give insight into the conversion process. Alexandra Knox, archaeologist and Lyminge Archaeological Project research assistant, said, “The history of the Christian conversion in Kent,” Knox says, “the historically earliest kingdom to be converted in the Anglo-Saxon period, is integral to our understanding of the creation of medieval and, indeed, modern England.”