How finding 81 Anglo Saxon coffins in Great Ryburgh nearly ruined builder

Started by gash, December 26, 2017, 02:05:24 pm

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It started out as a project to dig a fishing lake and ended with the earliest ever find of Anglo-Saxon Christian burials in the UK. But the story behind their discovery is as fascinating as the discovery itself.

Gary Boyce began digging a fishing lake on his land in Great Ryburgh at 8am in Januay 2016 2016.

Before midday he began finding something that archaeologists who had surveyed the site by his home had missed - one of the biggest and earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial grounds ever found.

Over the coming weeks, archaeologists would excavate 81 coffins dating from the 7th to 9th Century.

"It was totally mixed emotions." Mr Boyce said. "I was in a state of shock."

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