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Polesworth Abbey: Saxon remains reburied in special service

Saxon remains found at Polesworth Abbey
Image caption Radiocarbon dates for the remains should be known in the next three months

Saxon remains found during an archaeological dig at an abbey in Warwickshire are being reburied at a church service later.

Archaeologists working on a three year dig at Polesworth Abbey found up to 15 ancient burials.

The dig has uncovered the pre-Norman abbey and a Saxon church.

Father Philip Wells, who is conducting the service, said it was not clear yet if the remains were those of nuns from the original abbey.

The results of radiocarbon dating on the remains should be known within the next three months.

A team of local volunteers have carried out the dig, supervised by professionals from the Northamptonshire Archaeological team.

The work has been paid for by English Heritage.

Father Wells said: "These Christian ancestors will be honoured at the service and then those who have been involved with the dig will help to rebury them in a specially designated part of the present-day churchyard."

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