Tuesday, 8 February 2011
By the ruins of St Patrick's chapel in Heysham, Lancashire, is a rather curious thing. With my attention caught up by the sweeping coastal vista, I would have looked straight over these if my dad hadn't pointed them out: rock-cut graves, thought to be about the earliest examples in Britain. I can definitely understand why someone would choose this as their final resting place. There aren't actually that many of the rock graves, and I'm guessing from the size of the smallest one that maybe there was a family buried here including a child. It would be so interesting to know more, but as with so much of archaeology, this seems likely to remain a mystery.