Landowner trying to save Great Ryburgh from flooding stumbled upon rare Anglo Preserved coffins first to be found in BritainArchaeologists from MOLA uncovered the cemetery in an excavation funded by Historic England in advance of a conservation and fishing lake and flood defence system at Wensum View.
The waterlogged conditions of the river valley led to the remarkable preservation of burials that are extremely louis vuitton alma replica handbag rare in the archaeological record, including plank lined graves and tree trunk coffins dating from the 7th 9th century AD. While burials using coffins made from hollowed out trees is a pagan tradition, it is believed the cemetery was the final resting place for a community of early Christians, including a timber structure thought to be a church or chapel. The wooden grave markers, east west alignment of the coffins and the ack of grave goods all support the Christian origins of the cemetery. The 81 dug out coffins discovered comprise oak trees split in two length ways and hollowed out. From Britain they are mentioned in antiquarian records from the late 19th century, but this is the first time they have been properly excavated and recorded by modern archaeologists. Six plank lined graves found are very rare in this country and are believed to be the earliest known examples from Britain. Gary Boyce and his family bought a swathe of land straddling the river at Wensum Hill near Great Ryburgh in 2003, building a home and starting a new louis vuitton purses 2013 fishing venture. But the flood risk to the village became obvious and as custodian of his section of the river, Mr Boyce drew up a scheme of land drainage and a sluice controlled lake, with protection for a host of native species. On the very first day of an exploratory archaeological survey, on January 13, the first grave in a cemetery of 81 Anglo Saxon burials dating from more than 1,000 years ago was discovered.?"On the very first day we started hitting the graves," said Mr Boyce. "At that point we realised what we were uncovering was nationally significant.?"We had carried out desktop assessments and got back to around 1400, but there was no documentation evidence whatsoever." The decision to continue with the dig has cost Mr Boyce hundreds of thousands of pounds, and delayed the flood alleviation scheme by at least a year.?"I am at the moment around 250,000 down in losses from this and my other business ventures," he said. "Because I am the main contractor I have to be on site for health and safety reasons. "This will hold up the scheme and rightly so. It has delayed the scheme around a year, but this whole project has been about doing the right thing. The double edged sword is I knew it would put the scheme way behind.?"If we were in a big city flood alleviation schemes would be put in place, and we are just trying our best to protect the village." The skeletons will now be analysed over the course louis vuitton neverfull mm o gm of 2017 before being moved to Norwich Castle Museum. The discovery is expected to reveal crucial insight into how the first Christians lived, and died, in the Kingdom of the East Angles. Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, who helped fund the dig, said: "This tells us about the burial rites of this particular community, which was quite louis vuitton neverfull mm amazon a powerful element in their lives.?"Norfolk has a fantastic archaeological record stretching back through history. What is remarkable about this site is it seems to be a complete cemetery, with enough for us to learn a great deal about the individuals who were buried here."Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Norwich Evening News visitors. We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.
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