‘Anglo-Saxon’ bead found on Julian Bower site ahead of planning decision

The small bead was found on the Julian Bower site, and has been confirmed by an expert to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.
The small bead was found on the Julian Bower site, and has been confirmed by an expert to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.

A small Anglo-Saxon bead and a fragment of bone have been discovered on the Julian Bower site - just days before ELDC’s Planning Committee will decide whether to grant permission to build homes there.

The local campaign group - ‘Julian Bower Louth Historic Site’ - believe the site to be of historical importance, and retired analyst Dr GC Morgan investigated the two finds and wrote a report in which he confirmed that the bead was Anglo-Saxon.

Dr Morgan said the bead, which is smaller than a one penny coin, was “almost certainly shell, perhaps mother of pearl”. He added that shell buttons are known from Saxon/Anglo-Saxon graves.

He added that the bone fragment was “possibly animal or human”, but that expensive DNA analysis would be needed in order to confirm the source.

A decision on whether 12 homes can be built on the site will be made by ELDC’s Planning Committee on April 7.

For more background on the Julian Bower Louth Historic Site campaign, click here.

• Visit ELDC’s Planning Portal and search for N/105/01757/14 to view all planning documents and correspondence related to this application.