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All Saints Church Burial Ground

All Saints Church Burial Ground

All Saints Church, Faringdon, Oxfordshire (2013)

Between May and September 2013 we carried out an excavation to the north side of All Saints Church, resulted in the recovery of 341 inhumations.

Rural Anglican cemeteries have been less frequently subject to archaeological
investigation than urban churchyards, primarily on account of there being generally less pressure on space in respect of development needs. The data-set from All Saints, Faringdon, therefore, provides an important corresponding population to those excavated urban, Dissenting and Catholic cemeteries for the investigation of mortality rates, nutritional factors, disease, dentition and so forth in the later medieval, early modern and modern periods.

In contrast with the generally held impression of life in the medieval and later periods being largely nasty, brutish and short, the population data indicates good medical care in the case of several individuals; an amputee, a possible cancer-sufferer as well as a number of other individuals with less unusual pathologies were recovered during the excavation. There is also good representation of sub-adult remains.

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

Old St Michael's Cathedral, Coventry (2015)

Our work at St Michael's uncovered the structural remains relating to six phases of the Cathedral's development from the 11th to 15th centuries, as well as traces of two phases of restoration carried out in 1849 and 1851.

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