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Lincoln Castle finds

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Lincoln Castle finds

Post by annis » Thu May 16th, 2013, 10:32 pm

Remains of a small and select pre-Norman church with high-status Saxon burials have been discovered during refurbishments at Lincoln Castle.

Story here:
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php ... oln-castle

Two particuarly interesting finds- an older votive wall burial, possibly of a 7th century saint (see more about possible identity here) and a fully articulated skeleton laid to rest in a stone sarcophagus of Roman manufacture.

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Post by LoveHistory » Fri May 17th, 2013, 3:29 am

I love when they find this stuff.

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Post by Carla » Sun May 19th, 2013, 1:49 pm

If it's a Roman sarcophagus, I wonder if the body inside could be an early saint. Bede mentions the burial of Aethelthryth of Ely (St Etheldreda, St Audrey) in a Roman sarcophagus (taken from Roman Cambridge) in the seventh C. The post in your second link mentions a saint translated from the 7th century church to somewhere else in the 10th century. Maybe the saint was moved complete with sarcophagus? Will be interesting to see if further excavation/study/analysis gives any more clues.
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