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Archaeologists Unearth 1,500-Year-Old Settlement, Precious Jewelry in England

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Archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology working at Cherry Hinton in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, have uncovered a wealth of Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds, as well as shed light on the origins of Cherry Hinton itself.


The archaeological team, working on behalf of CgMs and Weston Homes, spent several months on the site next to Cambridge Airport, excavating and recording the archaeology in advance of redevelopment.

“The excavations show that there has been a residential settlement on this site dating back to the Roman era. The Anglo-Saxon artifacts are of strong historical importance, so we are taking all measures to ensure that they are being carefully preserved and recorded,” said Bob Weston, Chairman of Weston Homes.

Providing a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and clothing of the ancient Anglo-Saxon era, the findings include precious jewelry such as fine brooches, multi-colored glass and amber beads, rings and hairpins dating back to the 6th century CE, as well as remnants of an original village-style settlement.

More utilitarian tools are also among the findings, such as small knives and weaponry including iron shield bosses and spear heads.

Some items were recycled, such as a decoration from a shield in the form of a hippogriff (half horse, half eagle), which was re-used as a piece of jewelry, perhaps as a protective symbol or talisman.

Complete pottery vessels were also found, including a stunning rare glass beaker known as a claw beaker due to the claw-like decorations around the stem.

These elaborate drinking vessels are normally found further south-east such as Kent, northern France, the Netherlands and Germany, where they were probably produced.

Although crushed over the centuries by the weight of soil the vessel is complete and could be reconstructed.

The excavation even turned up some Roman treasures, pre-dating the Anglo-Saxon era, including plates and a complex of Late Iron Age and Roman ditches defining a field system and an early Roman pottery kiln.
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“Evidence of the time period 5th to 7th century CE is almost non-existent so this gives us a highly important window into understanding how people lived in that era, their trade activities and behaviors,” said Duncan Hawkins, Head of Archaeology and Build Heritage for CgMs.

“The site fell out of use in the 7th century but we discovered evidence of 8th century Middle Saxon activity including post-built structures, possibly workshops and livestock pens. Pits dug in this attest to local industrial activity and further processing of soil samples should help us understand what these were used for,” he said.

The site lies is on the western edge of the Middle Saxon settlement around Church End, and which formed the 9th to 10th century manor. By 1086 CE it had become known as Hintona in Domesday Book.

What was a Saxon village will be transformed 1,500 years later into a modern-day settlement.
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