Treasures of a British Anglo-Saxon king that illuminated Dark Age history, and the people who discovered them.

Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon ‘Great Buckle’, gold with intricate woven decoration
Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon ‘Great Buckle’, gold with intricate woven decoration
Gold box buckle, perhaps designed to take a relic or amulet. 5in/13cm 412gms (British Museum) Photo by unnamed person CCSA-3.0 via Wikipaedia.

On the cusp of World War 2, a widowed landowner employed a penniless self-taught astronomer and archaeologist to investigate the mounds 500 yards from her house. In the process, the two changed history.

Considering the people concerned in this ground-breaking archaeological excavation, I am surprised it has taken so long for the movie industry to pay attention. Now Netflix is streaming The Dig, based on the 2007 faction novel by John Preston, interest is again growing in the Dark Age history of the British Isles.


Fiction writer, history lover, map junkie

View of North Landing, Flamborough, Yorkshire, UK — chalk headlands either side with sandy bay on a sunny day.
View of North Landing, Flamborough, Yorkshire, UK — chalk headlands either side with sandy bay on a sunny day.
North Landing, Flamborough, UK. Image by Rob Mason CC BY-SA4.0 via Wikimedia

Hi! I’m Linda Acaster and thanks for stopping by my Profile. We are all busy so I’ll keep this short.

I’m a Brit from the English county of Yorkshire, situated halfway up the country. My close family currently lives a short walk from the chilly North Sea, which has proven a spiritual balm during repeated Covid lockdowns. A writer needs to refill the creative well, and for me nothing beats the majesty of Nature.

I started my career writing short fiction for various mainstream and small press magazines before broadening my scope into writing weekend walks for a regional newspaper…


From the Speculative Fiction collection, a complete story: ‘The Lake’.

Burgundy book cover of man walking down tunnel to light, with faded background.
Burgundy book cover of man walking down tunnel to light, with faded background.

Author’s Note: Despite our well-lit modern lives, the dark remains our greatest fear. The thing that might, that does, exist within it. The six stories in this speculative fiction collection explore some of the terrors that we might find lurking. Or worse, might find us. The Lake is the opening story.

The Lake

‘Not long now.’

‘Patrick, there is no lake shown up here.’

The car jumped on the ruts, throwing Anne against the door. The map ended in the foot-well, the carefully made creases springing open to leave it blanketing her sandaled feet. She tried hard to keep her rising temper…


Stone-age peoples didn’t live in caves, they were Astromathematicians

Newgrange Neolithic Passage Tomb — a huge shallow-domed edifice, edges faced in white stone and grass-topped.
Newgrange Neolithic Passage Tomb — a huge shallow-domed edifice, edges faced in white stone and grass-topped.
Newgrange Neolithic Passage Tomb with megaliths. Image by Tjp Finn CC-ASA-4 via Wikimedia

No amount of research reading can prepare visitors for the sheer scale of this 5,200-year-old Neolithic passage tomb constructed on an elevated ridge in the River Boyne Valley, Ireland. There is little wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Newgrange is 80 metres (262 feet) across and its flattened top stands 12 metres (39 feet) high. It is older than Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, older than the Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, and dwarfs the two later religious monuments which share the same site: the remains of a henge consisting of a double circle of wooden posts 100 metres (328…


A virtual visit to the most astounding natural phenomenon on Earth

Geldingadalagos by Berserkur via Wikimedia. CC ASA.4

Note from the author: Despite this first being written in March, I am updating it regularly, both the Icelandic earthquake map, and adding new dated info and videos at the end of the post. Why? Because I find this fascinating, and it seems I’m not alone. Enjoy Nature’s spectacle.

Iceland, set high in the North Atlantic Ocean and almost touching the Arctic Circle, is an island country of around 360,000 people. It is a landscape of colourful wildflowers in season, spectacular waterfalls and awe-inspiring glaciers. And active volcanoes.

Iceland straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a mostly underwater 1,000 mile (16,000km) mountain…


I feel for you, I really do. I have Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism with swellings on each lobe of the thyroid. The operative who did the ultrasound actually said: "It's nothing to worry about, lots of ladies get these". LOTS of LADIES. It is a degenerative autoimmune disorder which will eventually wreck both my metabolism and my immune system. So I am with you, Audrey, on telling the medics where they can pack it, doing my own research and taking my own health into my own hands. So far so much better.


Very good article, and an interesting backdrop to watching the YouTube video of the journey.


A British medieval property that welcomed Vikings and Kings, and waved farewell to the Pilgrim Fathers.

Horse-shoe shaped Gainsborough Old Hall, built 1460, in red brick and black lath & white-washed plaster.
Horse-shoe shaped Gainsborough Old Hall, built 1460, in red brick and black lath & white-washed plaster.
Gainsborough Old Hall, original build 1460. A demolished wall between the two wings created a defensive courtyard. Photo: L.Acaster

Gainsborough is a somewhat sleepy market town in Lincolnshire. Its focus has always been the Trent, the third-longest river in England, which empties into the North Sea via the Humber estuary. Despite the town being 55 miles from the sea, it remains within its tidal reach and, until its slow decline during the last fifty years, for centuries had been a thriving port.

Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Gæini people — Gæignesburh — whose main fortified settlement (the burh) had guarded a river crossing and quay. Not that history would have noted this except that in 868 a certain…


Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Acaster

British multi-genre fiction author who haunts historic sites. www.lindaacaster.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store