Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Early Rock Graves




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.




10 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That last image is very eerie. It is a beautiful place.

Chef E said...

Amazing! I often wondered too why they did this. Do you have history on these grave sites? I would love to know more...that kind of mind!

hope you are doing well friend!

Lilian Nattel said...

It is eerie. I wonder what it sounds like--wind swept?

Rachel said...

Astonishing - fancy standing around those graves after the funerary rituals...

Louiz said...

Very interesting. By the way, BBC2 has a new Ancient Briton programme, presented by Neil Oliver (it's on now) which could be interesting.

Kel said...

Wow. That is so interesting. I love learning new things. Thanks for sharing Rachel.

LindyLouMac said...

Archaeology is such a fascinating subject, that site looks to be in a beautiful location.

becky said...

wow, I've never seen such a thing...do they carve the stones?...looks rather Egyptian as in mummies...

lostinsophistication said...

Reading this post sent bit of a chill down my spine...

cornflakegirl74 said...

Wow, amazing photographs. I would love to learn more and see this myself!

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