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Friday, 16 March 2012
Earliest Christian burial in UK found
of the earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial sites in Britain has been
discovered in a village outside Cambridge. The grave of a teenage girl
from the mid 7th century AD has an extraordinary combination of two
extremely rare finds: a ‘bed burial’ and an early Christian artefact in
the form of a stunning gold and garnet cross.
Anglo-Saxon bed burial with gold cross [Credit: Cambridge Archaeological Unit]
girl, aged around 16, was buried on an ornamental bed – a very limited
Anglo-Saxon practice of the mid to later 7th century – with a pectoral
Christian cross on her chest, that had probably been sewn onto her
clothing. Fashioned from gold and intricately set with cut garnets, only
the fifth of its kind ever to be found, the artefact dates this grave
to the very early years of the English Church, probably between 650 and