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Cross and bed found in Anglo-Saxon grave shed new light on 'dark ages'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/03/2012

Maev Kennedy

The dead are often described as sleeping, but archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast.

Three more graves, of two younger women and an older person whose sex has not yet been identified, were found nearby.

Forensic work on the first woman's bones suggests she was about 16, with no obvious explanation for her early death. Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away.

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"Cross and bed found in Anglo-Saxon grave shed new light on 'dark ages'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 26/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/cross-and-bed-found-in-anglo-saxon-grave-shed-new-light-on-dark-ages-