Skeleton found near Cambridge evidence of first Christian burial in England

Archaeologists in Cambridge thrilled to discover grave with body of young woman on a bed with an ornate gold crossThe dead are often described as sleeping, but archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast.Three more graves, of two younger women and an older person whose sex has not yet been identified, were found nearby.Forensic work on the first woman's bones suggests she was about 16, with no obvious explanation for her early death. Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away.The field where she lay, now being developed for housing at the edge of the village of Trumpingt

Skeleton found near Cambridge evidence of first Christian burial in England

(PhysOrg.com) -- A British archeological team has unearthed the 1,400-year old remains of a sixteen year old girl buried with a gold and garnet cross on her chest. And because they also found ...

Fri 16 Mar 12 from Phys.org

Saxon grave find 'extremely rare'

An Anglo-Saxon grave found near Cambridge could be one of the earliest examples of Christianity taking over from Paganism, archaeologists say.

Fri 16 Mar 12 from BBC News

Saxon grave find 'extremely rare', Fri 16 Mar 12 from Labspaces.net

Photos: Bejeweled Anglo-Saxon Girl Found in Christian "Burial Bed"

A young woman buried with an exquisite gold-and-garnet cross is offering clues to the earliest days of the English church, scientists say.

Wed 21 Mar 12 from National Geographic

Cross and bed found in Anglo-Saxon grave shed new light on 'dark ages'

Archaeologists in Cambridge thrilled to discover grave with body of young woman on a bed with an ornate gold crossThe dead are often described as sleeping, but archaeologists in Cambridgeshire ...

Fri 16 Mar 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Anglo Saxon grave reveals 16-year-old girl laid to rest with a gold cross

Her well-preserved 1,400-year-old grave has been discovered by Cambridge University scientists, who described the find as 'astonishing'.

Thu 15 Mar 12 from Daily Mail

British grave said to be early Christian

CAMBRIDGE, England, March 16 (UPI) -- An Anglo-Saxon grave uncovered near Cambridge in Britain could be one of the earliest examples of Christianity replacing paganism, archaeologists said.

Fri 16 Mar 12 from UPI

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