Some of you will be aware from recent coverage in the local press of the discovery this summer of the ‘Marlow Warlord’ a 6th century sentinel burial on a site above the Thames by a team from the University of Reading led by Dr Gabor Thomas, assistant professor of archaeology and an early medieval specialist.
Gabor is due to give the Society a lecture on this subject in February 2021, although, evidently, we had to be a bit cagey about the title when this was agreed at the end of August!
In the meantime, he is trying to raise £7,000 through crowdfunding for finds conservation work and analysis, which will develop the story.
Here is Gabor’s message to the Society on 10th October:
‘I hope that you caught the press coverage of the Marlow Warlord last week. It was rather a media storm in the end, one which I think really helped to put the archaeology of our local area on the map – I was able to clarify in radio interviews that the burial was found on the Berkshire side of the river!
Please consider donating to this project. Our crowdfunding page is: https://reading.hubbub.net/p/marlowwarlord/
If we achieve our total and the planned analysis and conservation does ahead, then it will be possible to generate a long, lasting legacy for this remarkable Berkshire discovery. My talk to members next year will also be correspondingly richer in content and interpretation.’