The Lyminge Archaeological Project is an ambitious programme of village-core archaeology examining the antecedents and development of a documented Anglo-Saxon monastic community founded by the Kentish royal dynasty during the 7th century AD. A research excavation directed by Dr Gabor Thomas of the University of Reading, the project has completed three seasons of open-area excavation (2008-10) and is now entering a second phase of excavation (2012-14) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Excavation during Phase 2 is taking place on Tayne Field, a large centrally-located area with demonstrated archaeological occupation spanning the Anglo-Saxon period.
The project is based at the University of Reading but also involves professional archaeologists, student trainees, volunteers from local archaeological societies and local residents from Lyminge and neighbouring communities. This phase of the project is delivered in collaboration with project partners Kent Archaeological Society and through professional links with Canterbury Archaeological Trust.