Lindisfarne is one of the most important early medieval sites in the UK. The castle itself was built in the mid 1500’s, but the island was occupied much earlier than that and has a recorded history dating back to the early 7th Century. It is known to have been home to at least 4 saints – Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. It was a major centre of early Christianity, with a sacral legacy commencing only 300 years after the council of Nicea.
As part of the community based Peregrini Project, an archaeological examination has been undertaken on the Heugh. It has revealed a structure that may well be the remains of an Anglo Saxon church or chapel dating to the 7th Century. If this turns out to be the case, it will be a discovery of major importance. It could well be the original church established by St. Aidan in the year 635 AD but regardless, the findings from this excavation will add an immense amount to our understanding of the early occupation of Lindisfarne.
A visit has been arranged for website members, to take place on Friday 15th June. This is an opportunity to see first hand the work in progress and witness the uncovering of one of the most important sites in Northumberland, if not the UK.
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