London, England, Mar 6, 2020 / 16:28 pm
Bones discovered in the late 19th century are likely those of a seventh-century English saint, scientists announced on Friday, March 6.
Carbon dating confirmed that human remains discovered hidden in a church wall in 1885 are from the seventh century, and are almost certainly the bones of St. Eanswythe, one of the first English saints.
Dr. Andrew Richardson of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust praised the work of the "locally-based community partnership" that had the bones being carbon dated, and called the discovery "a stunning result of national importance."
The testing of the remains was led by the Finding Eanswythe Project and the Folkestone Museum. The Finding Eanswythe Project is, per its website, "a community-led project about a nationally important heritage."