Skip to comments.Skeleton of village 'witch' to be re-buried [ a good bit o' spin in the headline ]
Posted on 03/06/2009 9:34:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The medieval remains of a teenage girl who may have been suspected of witchcraft are to be given a Christian burial and funeral. The skeleton, found by Faversham-based archaeologist Dr Paul Wilkinson, is thought to be from the 14th or 15th century. It was found in unconsecrated ground under a holly tree, next to Hoo St Werburgh parish church, near Rochester. The remains would normally be left in archives for future archaeological reference, but the vicar of Hoo, the Rev Andy Harding, has asked for the body to be returned so she can be re-buried in the church grounds. Dr Wilkinson found the remains about six years ago after a dig requested by Simon Wright Homes, which they were obliged to perform before starting their development. When they found the remains, the girl's skull had been removed from the body and placed carefully beside it, meaning she may have either committed suicide or was suspected of being a witch or a criminal... Pottery found in the area dates back to medieval times and so it is suspected the body... was from the same period. The bone structure of the skeleton indicates the remains are probably that of a female... The public funeral will be held at noon on Saturday, March 14.
(Excerpt) Read more at kent-online.co.uk ...
Cue the Monty Python refs.
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How much does she weigh?
is there any evidence its not just the remains of a normal everyday teenage girl?
Next to what street?
/s/ Earl of Clampett
laden or unladen?
Well, they chopped off her head for a reason.
If she weighs the same as a duck, then she’s made of wood.
Yeah, that wouldn’t make much of a headline though, now would it? ;’) The so-called skeletons of the “Little Princes” were found hundreds of years ago, and despite absolutely no reason to think so (including their estimated ages at death), were attributed to the two sons of Richard III’s older brother; they were interred as royalty, and remain there today.
I don’t give a darn.
That’s just mean, it could have been a tragic birth defect.
“...the girl’s skull had been removed from the body and placed carefully beside it, meaning she may have either committed suicide...”
Are they trying to say that she “may have” cut off her own head?
Okay, here it is, but I have to warn ya, we’re all having waaaay too much fun in here.
Oh, okay, sorry, wrong ping, wrong topic. [blush]
Those Brits sure have a talent for naming things. Hoo'da thunk?
could have been a farm accident or other things.
Damn, I hate it when I get in too late to get in the good Python references.
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