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Soham's Anglo-Saxon past goes on show




Stunning artefacts from the fourth century have been on show at Soham Pavilion.

The items were the result of excavations by a team from Archaeology South-East of a site in Fordham Road, which were carried out before work went ahead on a housing development.

More than 120 people admired exhibits from the early Anglo-Saxon site which dated back to 400 AD, many of them found in a cemetery which is thought to have served a nearby settlement.

Charles Warner, right, and Mark Atkinson, project manager for Archaeology South-East
Charles Warner, right, and Mark Atkinson, project manager for Archaeology South-East

Charles Warner, chairman of Soham Heritage and Tourism, said personal belongings such as swords, knives, a horse’s halter, brooches, silver clasps and amber beads were found, showing a high level of craftsmanship.

“There was a bone comb, made with a clasp which clipped on to protect the prongs. It was a beautifully made artefact,” said Mr Warner.

Once the items have been recorded and conserved, Mr Warner said it was hoped some of them would be returned to Soham go on permanent exhibition in the Pavilion.


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