Medieval Mystery Surrounds Sainted Relics

Posted by admin on Nov 7, 2012

In summer 2011, archaeologists from John Moore Heritage Services uncovered a lead casket or ‘reliquary’ containing human remains at the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory in the town of Bicester, southwest England.

The crushed lead reliquary which was uncovered below the north transept is thought to be the same one which was displayed within a marble shrine dedicated to the 7th century St. Edburg, patron saint of Bicester. It contained 20% of a human skeleton, but with no pelvis or skull it was impossible to determine the sex.

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