Medieval Welsh burial ground unearthed featuring individuals in a crouched position

An ancient site near Barry, Wales, which also served as a feasting spot, has been discovered through fragments of butchered animal bones and glass drinking vessels.

An exceptional cemetery from the early medieval period has been unearthed near an airport runway in Wales. The cemetery contains carefully positioned human remains, particularly women’s bodies in crouched positions facing south. These bodies were potentially part of a specific ceremonial practice.

The excavation at Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan has revealed a rare find of about 80 bodies that have been examined so far. Interestingly, a significant percentage of the burials were in crouched positions, suggesting the existence of a possible burial rite related to social identity or community roles.

Additionally, the discovery of rare imported glass drinking vessels from Western France, along with evidence of butchery and cooking in the animal bones found at the site, suggests that the location served as a site for ritual feasting.

Archaeological investigations have also uncovered metal working debris and intriguing artifacts like a small bone peg, possibly used for gaming or musical purposes.

The findings contribute to a better understanding of the post-Roman period in Welsh history, a period about which little is known. The ongoing project led by experts, with the support of students and volunteers, aims to provide detailed insights into the history and life of this ancient community.

Excavations at Fonmon Castle continue to unlock the mysteries of the past and connect individuals, like Cardiff University archaeology student Jessica Morgan, to their Welsh heritage.

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