CAIRO – 6 July 2021: Archaeologists are searching for skeletal remains of men, women and children buried in an ancient medieval cemetery, which was in use between the 6th and 11th centuries, in Britain.
Archaeologists are working to find as many burials as possible before coastal erosion sweeps the medieval Welsh cemetery into the sea, ancient-origins reports.
The White Sands Bay cemetery overlooking the sea was first discovered in the 1920s. Since then, the skeletal remains of nearly 200 people have been recovered, nearly all of whom are in good condition. The sandy soil along the beach has preserved these skeletons, although they have been in the ground in some cases for more than 1,400 years.
Recently archaeologists were alerted to the presence of new burials in the area by local residents, who reported seeing bones emerging from local sand dunes on numerous occasions.
The cemetery was located on land that was once the grounds of St. Patrick's Church.
This religious shrine was built to the west of the historic city of Saint David, which was the area's population center during the medieval period.