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Mystery remains rediscovered in Friargate to be analysed after coffin opened
10:53am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A COFFIN unearthed in the garden of the Friends’ Meeting House in Friargate, York, was opened yesterday before the remains are sent off for analysis.
The Press reported last month how the lost burial spot was rediscovered before recent redevelopment began at the Quaker Meeting House.
The remains, thought to be Christian burials from two centuries ago, were first found in 1983 by the York Excavation Group, and were reburied by York Quakers.
Now two men involved in that reburial have come forward, revealing that when the graves were originally found, one skeleton was buried upright, and the other was buried under what is now a corridor at the meeting house. The precise original burial dates are unknown.
After the remains were found in 1983, the bones were reinterred in a wooden casket and buried close to a Georgian wall at the meeting house.
But when archaeologists went back into the grounds searching for the box they couldn’t find it until volunteer Joy Wilkinson, recalling the original discovery, pointed to the correct spot.
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