Cross fragment leads to search for Anglo Saxon village

The discovery of part of a stone cross, dating to Anglo Saxon times, has excited archaeologists from Altogether Archaeology excavating St Botolph’s field in Frosterley in Weardale, England. “This is not the kind of thing that happens every day," said Paul Frodsham, historic environment officer at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

The carved stone is the left point of a cross, and is made of limestone, which is not found locally. Experts believe the cross came from an Anglo Saxon village, possibly Bottlingham. The town was later replaced by a medieval settlement with a 13th century chapel, known as Frosterley.

More than 500 volunteers, as young as 10 years old, have worked on the site.