The village of Lyminge in Kent has long been known to Anglo-Saxonists as the site of a documented monastery founded under the patronage of the Kentish royal dynasty in the seventh century. The masonry church lying at the heart of this monastic complex was laid bare by antiquarian investigations in the churchyard in the late nineteenth century. This discovery was subsequently joined by a richly-furnished migration-period cemetery located on the northern outskirts of the village, of which some fifty graves were excavated in the 1950s.
Initiated in 2008, the Lyminge Archaeological Project has been harnessing large scale excavation within the core of the village to contextualise these earlier discoveries with the aim of developing a detailed understanding of Lyminge’s evolution as a place of early medieval political power.
Overall, the findings constitute a major new archaeological resource for investigating the emergence of kingship in Anglo-Saxon Kent and the role which places of political power played in the consolidation of early medieval kingdoms.