13th Century Monk Bones Revealed By Erosion

Wales News Service

The Telegraph’s headline was more colorful–800-year-old monk found poking out of cliff face:

The legs of an 800-year-old medieval monk have been discovered, poking out of a cliff face in Wales.

Although badly damaged and missing their knees, shins and feet, the thigh bones were found after the fierce recent storms caused severe coastal erosion.

They were spotted by rambler Mandy Ewington, who sent a photograph to coastal archaeologist Karl-James Langford.

Mr Langford, 39, said “I thought she must have been mistaken but I went down to see for myself and thought: “Bloody hell,this is amazing!

“You can clearly see a grave has been eroded into the sea.

“What is fascinating is you can see the two femurs being slowly revealed as the cliffs are eroded away.”

The area of Monknash in South Wales was a burial ground for Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages.

The valley is named after the Welsh saint Cewydd and was home to a community of Cistercian Monks from 1129 until the dissolution of the monasteries 1535.

Mr Langford said a monastic community lived close to the area and the bones appeared to be from a man in his late 20s, in good health.

“I would say they belong to a monk from the 1200s – due to previous archaeological digs in the past, the depth of the bones in the cliff and the history of the area.

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