1,500-year-old burial site unearthed in NW Wales
Archaeologists digging on the site of a new road in Anglesey have unearthed an ancient cemetery and a 1,500-year-old "time capsule".
|Cist graves being unearthed [Credit: Anglesey Council]|
The "cist" graves each hold several bodies, alongside jewellery and French pottery.
Iwan Parry, of Archaeoleg Brython Archaeology, said: "This is a fantastic find of national importance."
He added: "A cemetery like this, where there is such good preservation, is like finding a time capsule left by a community almost 1,500 years ago.
"The manner of how the remains have been preserved is amazing."
Archaeologists now hope to use DNA techniques to discover whether the group are related to modern Llangefni residents.
|Roman brooch found at Llangefni [Credit: Anglesey Council]|
Although skeletons do not normally survive in the acidic soil of north west Wales, many of the excavated bones have remained intact in the local limestone bedrock.
The Welsh Government-funded Llangefni Link Road is being built to provide better access to the local enterprise zone and the Grwp Llandrillo Menai Pencraig college campus.
Source: BBC News Website [May 19, 2016]