Today: Handle Things From Saxon London

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Today: Handle Things From Saxon London

Little is known about Anglo-Saxon London, that shady period in the capital's history between the fading of the Romans and the coming of the Conqueror. We do know that a sizeable settlement existed in the Covent Garden and Aldwych areas, known as Lundenwic.

A tiny glimmer of new light was shone on this occluded age with the recent excavations for St Martin's Couryard, a new shopping street in Covent Garden. Archaeologists found numerous artefacts including a comb, leather fastenings and pottery fragments. A 'pop-up exhibition' in one of the empty units offers a chance to see some of the finds and learn more about the period.

This afternoon (1pm-5pm), Museum of London archaeologists will be on hand to discuss the dig. You'll also get the opportunity to handle some of the more robust discoveries.

The pop-up exhibition runs until 13 May and is free to visit.

See our map of London in Anglo-Saxon stretches right out to Barneto, Weba Lea, Crogdene and Bixle (what we now call Barnet, Wembley, Croydon and Bexley).

Last Updated 18 April 2011