A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America

Special Introductory Offer!

Anglo-Saxon Grave May Point to Early Monastery

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND—An Anglo-Saxon grave uncovered during repair work at St. Hilda’s Church could lead archaeologists to a seventh-century monastery once led by St. Hilda of Whitby. “It’s always been presumed that this church was the site of St Hilda’s Anglo-Saxon monastery. We haven’t found any trace of that, but this one burial may be one of the clues pointing toward that,” said archaeologist Steve Sherlock. Six additional graves, dating between 1600 and 1900, were also found.