Around 200 ‘medieval’ skeletons found in Britain beach mass grave
Published: 03:56 PM, 4 July 2021
The remains, believed to date from the 6th century, were found on a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales; Photo: Collected
A medieval or sixth-century mass grave has been found on a Britain beach after Canada. Skeletons of about 200 people have been discovered here. Archaeologists say the skeletons have been in the cemetery for “more than 1,000 years”, Metro reported on Friday.
The medieval burial site remained hidden in the sand in Wales for more than 1,000 years until it was exposed by stormy weather and natural erosion.
Archaeologists discovered the graves just below the surface of sand dunes at Whitesands Bay, a Blue Flag beach near St David’s in Pembrokeshire.
It is believed that the bodies – incredibly well-preserved – buried under the sand belonged to the inhabitants of the medieval early Christian community.
All the graves were lined up with heads pointing west and had no resources. They were buried as per the rites of the early Christian community.
Currently, a team from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and the University of Sheffield are trying to preserve the graves. They are also trying to find out if there are any more secrets hidden under the sand of the area.
Archaeologist Jenna Smith says it is really important to preserve it because the skeletons are preserved in the sand, which is really incredible.
“We’ve lifted over 90 burials in the last three weeks. It’s really important that we do so because it gives that snapshot in time which we don’t normally get in Wales. The bone doesn’t normally exist,” she said.
Experts at the University of Sheffield said the skeletons found there included skeletons of women, men and children of all ages. Archaeologists say more can be found there that can be used to analyze when they were born and what their eating habits were.