Sunday 20 January 2008

Cathedral's Anglo-Saxon angel aired

THE 1,300-year-old carved figure of an Anglo-Saxon angel unearthed during excavations at Lichfield Cathedral was yesterday unveiled.

The 63cm-high stone sculpture, dubbed the Lichfield Angel, was discovered by archaeologists beneath the nave in the remains of an Anglo-Saxon church built to house the grave of St Chad, the first Bishop of Lichfield.

The exact location of this building had remained a mystery until it was unearthed during this most recent dig.

Archaeologists were asked to excavate the nave ahead of the installation of a motorised platform to replace portable staging used for concerts.

Experts believe the Lichfield Angel formed part of the original shrine of St Chad, which was built around AD700, and was part of a panel believed to depict the Angel Gabriel greeting the Virgin Mary with news she was to have a son.

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