CNA Staff, Aug 25, 2020 / 03:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Archaeologists excavating a lost medieval sacristy at Westminster Abbey in London have uncovered what they believe are the remains of Catholic monks.
They made the discovery while working on an area of the abbey grounds used as a burial ground for monks before the 13th century.
The abbey, which is famous as the site of English royal weddings and burials, was originally established as a community of Benedictine monks in the 960s. It was known as St. Peter’s Abbey because, according to tradition, a fisherman on the nearby River Thames had a vision of St. Peter.
Researchers believe that the excavated area may contain hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of bodies, the Guardian reported Aug. 23.
Chris Mayo, the archaeologist leading the project, told the newspaper: “You do have to be careful where you’re walking. You can see from the ground there are burials everywhere.”