Early Christian burial site unearthed in SW Wales
Skeletons uncovered at a Pembrokeshire burial site may be the remains of contemporaries of the Patron Saint of Wales, archaeologists believe.
|One of the skeletons found at the site in May, which dates to the medieval period |
[Credit: Dyfed Archaeological Trust]
It found Christian burial sites dating from the early-6th Century when St David was a bishop.
This means a medieval plot found during a previous dig there was not the earliest use of the site.
|An infant's grave dating back to the 6th Century [Credit: Pembrokeshire Coast |
National Park Authority]
"They were not necessarily compatriots though. Research by the University of Sheffield on skeletons from similar sites in Pembrokeshire revealed that some of the people buried in them were not local but came from Ireland and continental Europe.
|The excavation has been carried out at Whitesands Bay |
The excavation was led by Dyfed Archaeological Trust and was carried out to avoid archaeology being lost to the sea, after winter storms in 2014 exposed graves.
Since the first dig, the remains of almost 100 skeletons have been excavated.
It was funded by Cadw, the Nineveh Charitable Trust and the University of Sheffield.
Source: BBC News Website [July 01, 2016]