Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms | DNA, Culture and Identity.

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3m May 30, 2021

Beneath these dunes laid the remains of Anglo Saxon people that helped shape Northumbria's Golden Age. How were they discovered? What do their bones reveal? Uncover their stories in their final resting place.

In this episode explorer Alex Iles takes us back through time and into the very heart of the Anglo Saxon world to the church of St. Aiden. The church's crypt holds the remains of 110 individuals who died in the 7th and 8th century

From exploring history itself through architecture and just taking in this awesome site we come to a very special aspect of this place and that is a tomb of various bones.

While getting to experience this medieval relic of history from the inside you also get to meet expert and archaeologist Jessica Turner inside the church of St. Aiden who basically explains what work is being done involving these bones and more importantly, what those bones and isotopes are telling us about the medieval world.

We see that this area was truly a multi ethnic and multi cultural center that attracted visitors and those seeking a new start for themselves from around the known world at the time and how they all came to one place for different reasons and ended up building a new world together.

From the Church of St. Aiden to Bamburgh Castle you get to see scenes and history from an awesome time that may be forgotten to many... but not all.

St. Aiden Church : The church's crypt holds the remains of 110 individuals who died in the 7th and 8th century; they had originally been buried in the castle's Bowl Hole graveyard.

The remains were found during a project between 1998 and 2007. Finally, in 2016, they were moved into the crypt.

Since November 2019, the crypt can be viewed by visitors through a small gate. An interpretive display and digital ossuary are also available for visitors as "Accessing Aidan"; they are managed by the Bamburgh Bones consortium: the Bamburgh Heritage Trust, St. Aidan's Parochial Church Council, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership and Northumberland County Council.

Wikipedia Description: Bamburgh Castle is a castle on the northeast coast of England, by the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland. It is a Grade I listed building. The site was originally the location of a Celtic Brittonic fort known as Din Guarie and may have been the capital of the kingdom of Bernicia from its foundation in 420 CE to 547 CE. After passing between the Britons and the Anglo-Saxons three times, the fort came under Anglo-Saxon control in 590 CE. The fort was destroyed by Vikings in 993 CE, and the Normans later built a new castle on the site, which forms the core of the present one. After a revolt in 1095 CE supported by the castle's owner, it became the property of the English monarch.

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Attribution: Music by Royalty Free Music - Alexander Nakarada

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