A little something special for my history fans today!
A skeleton found in Lincoln Castle is believed to belong to a Saxon king or bishop and dates back to around 900AD, according to archaeologists.
The skeleton was discovered in a stone sarcophagus, or coffin, buried three metres below the castle alongside eight other bodies in wooden coffins.
One skeleton appears to have been originally wrapped in a finely woven textile and this material suggests that the bones were part of a ‘votive deposit’ – when holy relics are placed within a wall to dedicate the building and create a sacred place for religious people to visit.
The finds were found in a small area – around 3 metres by 3 metres – currently being excavated by the archaeologists for the construction of a lift shaft.
The team has been carrying out DNA examinations of the eight skeletons.
They also hope to do a digital reconstruction of the skeleton in the sarcophagus.
Archaeologists uncovered the side of the coffin but have not been able to access the lid because of how deep it is buried.