Radiocarbon dates

We’ve just had the results back from some scientific dating of the burials excavated in 2015; somewhat surprisingly all four of the burials dated so far are early medieval (6th – 8th century AD) rather than Roman! Furthermore, the radiocarbon results have now enabled us to establish that there are two clear phases of burial within the cemetery on slightly different alignments. The earliest phase, aligned close to true W-E and arranged in rows, appears to date from the 6th-7th century AD. The later phase, aligned closer to WSW-ENE and positioned closer to the road, sometimes clipping the edge or cut in to the fill of the roadside ditch, appears to date from the 7th and 8th centuries AD.