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Join the search for the heart of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria

The Golden Age

In AD635, King Oswald founded a monastery on the tiny island of Lindisfarne. It quickly became the beating heart of the powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and was the wellspring of England's Christianity.

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Work Hard, Pray Hard

Lindisfarne’s early medieval monks farmed, fished, created glittering treasures and played host to the thousands of miracle-seeking pilgrims who visited every year.

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Thunder from the North

In AD793, the Vikings launched their bloodiest attack on the British Isles yet. Their target was right here - the Anglo-Saxon monastery at Lindisfarne.

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What Happened Next?

After the monks fled the island, life eventually returned to Lindisfarne and another priory was built. This time, the monks defended it…

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Lindisfarne Today

Today, Lindisfarne is a place where land and sea meet, creating a rich tapestry of marsh, mudflats, sand-dunes and beaches.

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But Where is the Original Monastery?

Despite being one of the most important sites in English history, archaeologists have not yet managed to locate it. But now, some new evidence has come to light…

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Join the Search!

The next step is to determine what, if anything, remains of the original Anglo-Saxon monastery. We’re recruiting a team to help us find out. No experience necessary!

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