Site of 'Britain's oldest hospital' uncovered

Radio carbon analysis of site in Winchester provides date range of AD 960-1030 - preceding Norman conquestArchaeologists have uncovered a site that may house Britain's earliest known hospital. Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy.A number of other artefacts, pits, and postholes relate to the same time, including what appears to be a large sunken structure underneath a medieval infirmary.Most historians and archaeologists had believed hospitals in Britain only dated from after the Norman conquest of 1066."This is an important archaeological development," said Dr Simon Roffey from the University of Winchester, which conducted the dig."Historically, it has always been assumed that hospitals were a post-conquest phenomenon, the majority founded from the late 11th century onwards."However, our excavations have revealed a range of buildings and, more signi

Site of 'Britain's oldest hospital' uncovered

A site which may house Britain's earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Wed 20 Oct 10 from The Independent

Britain's 'earliest hospital' discovered

Radio carbon analysis of site in Winchester provides date range of AD 960-1030 - preceding Norman conquestArchaeologists have uncovered a site that may house Britain's earliest known hospital. ...

Wed 20 Oct 10 from Guardian.co.uk

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