The archaeologists dug enthusiastically despite the pouring rain. Working beneath a makeshift shelter, they knew that they had unearthed something exciting. The evening before, they’d uncovered evidence of a very unusual burial. Now, there was something shiny glinting in the soil – and it would turn out to be an amazingly rare artifact that’s over 1,000 years old.
Trumpington is a village on the outer fringes of Cambridge, England; and in 2011 new housing was slated for development in Trumpington Meadows, just outside the village. Before the building began, however, a team of archaeologists from Cambridge University conducted a series of excavations. The reason? Because prehistoric and Roman settlements had previously been discovered in the area.