They discover a cemetery with hundreds of monks and a 13th century sacristy on the territory of Westminster Abbey

They discover a cemetery with hundreds of monks and a 13th century sacristy on the territory of Westminster Abbey


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The researchers also found a large number of household objects and the remains of a lead pipe.

A medieval sacristy, used by the monks of thethirteenth century, with hundreds of bodies buried, was recently discovered in the territory of Westminster Abbey (London), informed the archaeologist Chris Mayo, who directs the excavations, to The Guardian.

"The abbey grounds reached much further [...] and this whole area was full of burials," the expert explained, adding that there must be "hundreds if not thousands»Buried bodies.

The sacristy was built in 1250 in place of amonks cemetery by order of King Henry III of England and the clergymen used it to keep their vestments, altar cloths, chalices and other sacred objects used at mass. Then the building was reused as a home and in 1740 it was demolished due to its precarious condition.

Besides the human remains, the researchers found abasin, which was probably used by the monks of the church of Edward the Confessor to wash their hands upon entering, and remains of alead pipe, which would have supplied water to the monastery.

Fragments of painted plaster were also found, suggesting that the walls of the Great Sacristy were decorated with handmade red, white, and black flowers, as well as a large number of18th century household objects, including china plates, urinals, glass cups, and an assortment of combs and brushes.

Via RT
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