Beckery Chapel near Glastonbury ‘earliest known UK monastic life’

Started by gash, December 09, 2016, 05:42:05 pm

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Skeletons found at a site, said in legend to have been visited by King Arthur, are the oldest example of monks found in the UK, archaeologists say.

Carbon dating revealed the remains, discovered at Beckery Chapel, near Glastonbury, were from the 5th or early 6th Century AD.

Site director Dr Richard Brunning said: "It's the earliest archaeological evidence we've got for monasticism."

Beckery was excavated in May by the South West Heritage Trust.

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