Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Anglo-Saxon animal magic

September 4, 2019

Wolds Historical Organisation


Animal magic and the Anglo-Saxon horse burials at Broughton Lodge

A talk by Michèle Sanders

Tuesday 17th September, 7.45pm

Jubilee Rooms, Wymeswold Memorial Hall, Clay Street, Wymeswold, LE12 6TY

All welcome, no booking required. Non-members £3

The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Broughton Lodge, Willoughby on the Wolds, was excavated in haste between May and September 1965 in advance of a new bridge over the Fosse Way (A46). In addition to 120 human burials, the remains of five or more horses were discovered, of which two were whole-horse skeletons, both apparently young and healthy at the time of their death. Other evidence from Broughton Lodge also gives an indication of the esteem in which horses were held by those burying their dead on this site.

This talk will discuss the significance of the animal remains from this and other Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.

Michèle Sanders is the daughter of the excavator, the late Malcolm Dean.