Archaeological dating of grave headstones

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One reason they survive so well is because they are made to last, to commemorate the dead long into the future.The oldest carved stones in the collection which may have marked burials are cup-and-ring marked stones from the Neolithic and early Bronze Age (2,300-1,500 BC).Elsewhere remarkable evidence of Christian Anglo-Saxon burial practices include wooden grave markers, an east-west alignment of the coffins and an evident lack of grave goods.The dug-out coffins comprise oak trees split in two length-ways and hollowed out.Archaeologists believe the site may have been the final resting place for a community of early Christians.Evidence includes the remains of a timber structure, thought to be a church or chapel, of which there are few examples from this period.

There are several stone grave markers in the Leeds Museums and Galleries archaeology collection.

They documented about 55 graves — some of which contained wooden coffins and copper bracelets — but only one was covered up with a toppled-over stone slab.

[See Images of Another Ancient Roman Cemetery in England] The excavators waited until yesterday (Feb.

A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week.

Because of its inscription, archaeologists know who was buried in the grave: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.

Whilst we know what people did from the evidence of excavated remains, we can't be sure why they did things in a certain way or about the rituals which were involved.

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