Archaeology in Lyng

Lyng welcomed Dr Richard Brunning and Bob Croft this evening, Thursday 7th July. Richard gave an interesting insight into why Lyng may have been settled, in relation to the Geography and Geology of the area and details of past digs that had taken place when new buildings have been built.  We learnt that Lyng may have had villagers in Iron Age, Roman and Saxon times. 

We also learnt that Lyng may have a new image from the Roman building found to the south of St Bartholomew's a small 4 cm  Copper alloy mask of Io, cast using lost-wax method. Head has band across forehead, pointed ears, horns and hair.

Bob then continued explaining what would be required of homeowners if they agreed to test pits being dug in their back gardens.  Dr Mick Aston joined us giving us information on how the digs were organised in his village and the value of this project.  Bob closed the meeting asking if anyone present would like to express an interest in the dig taking place on their land. 
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The meeting closed with a plea that if you pick something up in your garden, save it, you may never know it may be the very thing that is the key to Lyng's past.  Bob and Richard will be around the village over the next few months and if you bump into them they will be happy to discuss any thing archaeological with you.                                                                                                                                                               

If you missed this meeting but would like to know more Dr Richard Brunning would love to speak to you, he can be contacted on 01823 347432 or rbrunning@somerset.gov.uk

If you have a name for this new project in the village let us know, very unimaginatively we had a suggestion of
Lyng Archaeology Group. LAG someone did suggest SLAG, I think the S was for Saxon. I'm sure you can come up with an alternative name. email me at eastlyng@hotmail.com
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