WHITEHALL ROMAN VILLA AND LANDSCAPE PROJECT
Anglo-Saxon burials

We have excavated eight associated 7th century anglo-saxon burials at Whitehall Farm.

  • THE SAXON WARRIOR
    The first two burials were excavated in 2000 and became known as the "Saxon Warrior" burial, because of the sword found lying with a male body: but there were in fact two burials found, one a woman.
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  • The "warrior's" remains have been analysed (January 2005).
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  • THE SAXON CEMETERY
    In 2004 we returned to the site of the "Saxon Warrior" burial and excavated a cemetery containing further six burials, probably of a family group.
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  • The remains of the six burials have been analysed (January 2005).
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  • Dating of the 'Saxon' skeletons: it was revealed at the public meeting on 11th April 2010 that new dating evidence suggests that some of the skeletons are in the order of 200 years older than the others and possibly date back to 430AD. The orientation of the burials suggests that they were Christian, but the weapons found in the graves don't. StephenYoung is now thinking about the possibility that German mercenaries were hired to defend the locals from trouble coming up Watling Street, and that some of the burials are theirs. Given that the latest date for the bath house is 460, we mayhave a link between the last gasp of Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxons. Excitement mounts!


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