Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
Antiquarian and Literary Society
Registered Charity No. 1145436
A Local Independent Museum
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Louth Museum hosts and presents special events throughout the year so please keep checking this page for information about future events we have planned for the 2018 season.
|4th April to 9th June||Louth||TBA|
In March 2016 the tiny village of Little Carlton, four miles east of Louth, hit the headlines in the national press. A local metal detectorist had discovered rare and unusual Anglo-Saxon treasures in a marshy field in the village.
The finds showed that people wrote (styli), butchered animals (bones), wove textiles (loom weights), sharpened implements (whetstones) and smelted metals (a hearth and melt fragments). There were hundreds of bronze and silver pins and many high-status items (fine glass, and metal styli) that suggest a very important, perhaps religious, centre. Rare seventh-century coinage (Sceattas) might indicate trading.
But why was such an important settlement sited in marshy ground? The modern techniques of magnetometry (which detects disturbances in subsurface soil structure) and LIDAR (pulsed light which measures ground surface variations very accurately) provided clues. Those techniques together with 3D modelling and digital simulation showed that an area of dry land (in fact an island) existed in that period. The site of the settlement could also be interpreted as a focal point of transport and communication in Lincolnshire connected to the outside world through water courses.
Little Carlton seems to be the site of an important seventh century trading and religious centre… but what was it and why was it here?
Through photos, illustrations and explanatory text, together with a special display of some of the artefacts found, the exhibition will try to answer some of these questions.
|20th June to 28th July||Louth||TBA|
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|3rd August to 27th October||Louth||TBA|
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