Great Ryburgh dig finds 81 'rare' Anglo-Saxon coffins

Great Ryburgh dig finds 81 'rare' Anglo-Saxon coffins
 

Archaeologists have discovered 81 "extremely rare" tree-trunk coffins at a "previously unknown" early Christian Anglo-Saxon community's cemetery.
Found at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk, their "remarkable preservation" was due to the waterlogged conditions of the river valley.
The Historic England excavation was carried out ahead of the construction of a lake and flood defence system.
Chief executive Duncan Wilson said the graves were "a significant discovery".
Anglo-Saxon coffins seldom survive because wood decays over time.
James Fairclough, an... read more

 
16 November 2016 in Regional, Views: 109
Source: BBC
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