On Britain's northern coast sits the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where last year a dig uncovered bone fragments which have been dated to the 8th century. A recent discovery sheds more light on the lifestyle of the community that revolved around the large monastery.
An ancient cemetery was discovered during an excavation at Sanctuary Close which lies along the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory in Northumberland. The graveyard dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and is connected to a monastery that once existed on Holy Island in Northern Britain
Not only were entire human skeletons discovered but also bones from seals and other animals that the inhabitants resourced their food from.
It is believed the human bones belong to those who worked the monastery land as well as pilgrims who traveled to the island.
Along a ridge overlooking Sanctuary Close, an old church was found not too long before this discovery.
Bone fragments found earlier were tested and date back to the 8th century.
The monastery acted as a central point for the population living in the area, both the tenants and the nobility who owned land nearby.
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