Grave discovery

posted 14 Feb 2012, 16:22 by Paul Brayford
From Pontefract and Castleford Express 13 Feb 2012

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed the remains of a medieval burial ground at St Giles’ Church in Pontefract.

Ten medieval graves were unexpectedly discovered during ongoing building works at the site.

Archaeologists from West Yorkshire Archaeological Services (WYAS) also uncovered the foundations of what is believed to have been the earliest church to occupy the Market Place site.

Ian Roberts, archaeologist overseeing the work for WYAS and the Wakefield Diocese, said: “Churches invariably preserve some of the earliest medieval archaeology in our historic towns and it is only occasionally that the opportunity arises to investigate, evaluate and record the evidence that survives.

More at  http://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/local/more-local-news/grave_discovery_1_4231118
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