Saxon grave markers found in precinct wall

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Saxon grave markerBuilders repairing the wall that separates Peterborough cathedral from the town beyond have found a remarkable group of late Saxon grave markers.


Cathedral archaeologist Dr Jackie Hall said: ‘It was very exciting to see such a large collection of grave markers in one small area.’ These simple stones were used for the graves of ordinary monks or townspeople who wanted to be commemorated at the abbey and provide an idea of the appearance of a late 11th-century cemetery. Some are marked with a simple cross, while others are slightly more ornate, though none have names. The markers will be displayed in the cathedral after conservation.

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