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Dig finds Britain's first Christians

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>> These bones have a story to tell 81 ancient coffins found in the UK, it's told that they back as far as the 7th century. In them just human remains not trinket expected with a pagan burial.>> On Reuters reporter Northamptonshire with what archaeologists believe some of Anglo-Saxon Britons' earliest Christians found in hand-carved coffins in wood-lined graves and in remarkably good condition.
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>> The coffins where found here a previously unknown burial sighting Great Ryburgh, Northeast of London. A mixed of a silty sand and alkaline water helping to preserved them, grave markers and the remains of what could be a chapel adding to suggestions that these where early Christians. The remains now being examined at a Museum of London Archaeology facility in North Hampton.
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>> There is, this is basically the first time they've been found preserved from this period in the UK. In the earlier Saxon century, where there's evidence of wood walls used in burials. But all that remains is basically, soil marks and staining, where the wood's decayed. So this is the first time, especially in an early Christian context, where the wood coffins have been preserved.
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>> Scientists hope that further research will shed more light on the remains. Who were they? How did they live? Were they a family group? Modern Britain getting to know some of its oldest relatives.