The discovery of a porpoise buried in a 14th-century grave has baffled archeologists on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. A team of specialists that were examining the site of Middle Ages graveyard and monastery were extremely surprised by their discovery. The fossilized remains were unearthed using modern equipment to plot the site of a grave expected to contain human remains and some relics from the site of the monastery.
The Channel Islands Porpoise Grave Mystery
In the 14th-century, the Channel Islands were an isolated group of islands between the coastlines of France and England. They were used by religious people as a retreat from the world of the Middle Ages. Guernsey remains one of the best-known Channel Islands. It is also of great importance for archaeologists looking to understand the complexities of ancient life on the island.
Local archeologist Philip de Jersey, who works for the state of Guernsey has recently been shocked to uncover a porpoise grave located close to a former monastery on the island.
One of the shocking aspects of the discovery includes the fact that a large amount of time and effort was taken in digging a precise grave for the intact porpoise skeleton. The team of archeologist believes that this medieval grave was possibly created because of the importance of the animal to early Christians.
Despite the fact it appears to have been positioned in a precise manner, the fact that the porpoise was eaten by medieval people may hold a clue to the grave’s being created.
Philip de Jersey believes the porpoise may have been placed underground in a salt solution for preservation and forgotten about. It might have just as well been buried by a monk who was not supposed to have the body of the animal.
The mystery of the porpoise grave is nonetheless revealing a new aspect of medieval life. It is also providing archeologists with clues about the importance of the porpoise to early Christians. This ancient burial site joins another in the Scottish region of the Shetlands.
One which was discovered in the 1950s to contain a porpoise jawbone as part of a major treasure trove that remains a mystery to the present day.
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