In 2003, English Heritage started recording badger damage to a Bronze Age barrow on Salisbury Plain. What they weren’t expecting was to discover a major 6th century Anglo Saxon cemetery. Their fieldwork led in 2012 to five seasons of excavation under the ‘Operation Nightingale banner’, whereby wounded, injured and sick service personnel assisted by archaeologists - from MOD, Wessex Archaeology and volunteers – worked to recover over 100 skeletons, which were otherwise threatened by burrowing. The remains were accompanied by some of the most important discoveries of 6th century Wessex and this talk will highlight how the project has changed our understanding of this time period, and the lives of the participants.
Just one of the programme of talks taking place during the Festival of Archaeology, 13 and 14 July 2019.