Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Saxon burials excavated

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Archaeologists confirmed they were Saxon burials and decided to excavate the graves immediately to avoid the risk of looting.
English Heritage, said: "Our understanding of the graves is considerably better for the careful and exemplary approach taken by the two local metal-detectorists who discovered the site and its subsequent excavation by county council staff and unpaid local archaeologists."

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Sometimes you have to excavate for fear of looting of the grave goods.

Also, these burials shed more light on Saxon society and burial customs.

Osteoarchaeology could be used to discover what they died of, and relate it to modern illnesses and epidemiology.

With all of this data, these people's identity can be recovered to a certain extent, and they will be remembered.

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