Leicestershire’s Anglo-Saxon cemeteries have been investigated by both antiquarians and more recently professional archaeologists.
The largest cremation cemetery in the county was found at Thurmaston in the 1950s during the construction of a bungalow. It includes over 90 beautifully decorated cremation urns which contained cremated human remains and associated grave goods.
Inhumation cemeteries have been discovered at sites such as Breedon-on-the Hill, Cossington, West Langton and Rothley Grange and we hold an extensive collection of human remains from the latter site. Antiquarian discoveries are represented by grave goods such as brooches, weapons and tools.