A love story 700 years in the making

Posted by ap507 at Sep 18, 2014 12:45 PM |
Archaeologists uncover skeletons holding hands and a plethora of relics at the 'lost' Chapel of St Morrell
A love story 700 years in the making

A couple who have been holding hands for 700 years. © University of Leicester Archaeological Services.

The marital vows 'till death do us part' do not seem to apply to two skeletons unearthed by archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) at the 'lost' Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire, who have been found content and still holding hands after 700 years of being buried together.

The happy couple, who appear to be maintaining their toothy grins, were discovered as part of an excavation project by ULAS working with the Hallaton Fieldwork Group (HFWG), which has also revealed the full plan of the chapel as well as the cemetery and evidence that the hillside has been used since at least the Roman period.

A total of 11 skeletons have been excavated so far. The excavations have also identified the walls and tiled floor of the chapel as well as fragments of stone masonry, wall plaster, tiles and lead from the windows. A number of silver pennies dating between the 12th – 16th centuries have also been found on the site indicating when the chapel was in use.

A recent open weekend to promote the excavations was hugely successful, with the local school being given a tour of the excavations and several hundred people visiting over the course of the weekend.

See here for more information about the excavation.