Unique Burial: Bizarre ’cow woman’ found in Anglo-Saxon dig
2012 06 25

From: BBC





Archaeologists excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire say the discovery of a woman buried with a cow is a "genuinely bizarre" find.

The grave was uncovered in Oakington by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire.

At first it was thought the animal skeleton was a horse.

Student Jake Nuttall said: "Male warriors might be buried with horses, but a woman and a cow is new to us."

He added: "We were excited when we thought we had a horse, but realising it was a cow made it even more bizarre."


Archaeologists described the find as "unique in Europe"


Co-director of the excavation, Dr Duncan Sayer, from the University of Central Lancashire, said: "Animal burials are extremely rare, anyway.

"There are only 31 horse burials in Britain and they are all with men.

"This is the first animal to be discovered with a woman from this period - the late fifth Century - and it’s really interesting that it’s a cow, a symbol of economic and domestic wealth and power.

"It’s also incredibly early to find any grave of a woman buried with such obvious wealth."

’Unique’ burial


Grave goods including brooches indicated the woman was of high status
The skeleton was found with grave goods including brooches and hundreds of amber and decorated glass beads.

"She also had a complete chatelaine [keychain] set, which is an iron girdle and a symbol of her high status," Dr Sayer said.

"It indicates she had access to the community’s wealth.

"She is almost certainly a regional elite - a matriarchal figure buried with the objects that describe her identity to the people who attended her funeral."

Joint director Dr Faye Simpson, from Manchester Metropolitan, said: "A cow is a big thing to give up.

"It’s a source of food and something that would have been very expensive to keep, so to sacrifice it would be a big decision.

"They would have wanted to give her something really important to show respect and they wouldn’t have done that for just anybody.

"That’s why we don’t find cows with burials," she said.

Dr Sayer added: "The cow burial is unique in Europe which makes this an incredibly exciting and important find.



"I don’t think I’ll find anything as significant as this again in my lifetime."


Article from: bbc.co.uk





A History of Cattle Husbandry and Culture

Great Anglo-Saxon Women: Queen Eadgyth

Do Archaeologists Re-Bury Bodies?




Related Articles
Can One man and One cow Save our Planet?: Seeding the real Green Revolution
The Muslim Faith: Rules About Burial of the Dead Body
Digging up bodies to resell burial plots
Viking Age Inca Indian Found in Norwegian Burial Ground?
Aftershocks expose remains in N.Z. graves
Remains of 274 US troops dumped in landfill: report
Archaeologists discover remains of a Roman gladiator school in Austria
Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons (Video)
Largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure found in U.K.
Archaeologists make new Stonehenge ’sun worship’ find
King Arthur’s round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland
Remains Confirmed as Those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth
Experts say they may have found the bones of 10th century English Princess Eadgyth
UK experts find 7th-century teen buried in her bed


Latest News from our Front Page

13 years ago this man was accused of abusing 18 girls in Rotherham - so why are police only NOW acting on the claims?
2014 09 02
Comment: As this story finally is getting more and more coverage, let’s expose these sick perverts for what they are and get to the root of the problem that enabled horrors like this to not only go unnoticed for such a long time, but also to the heart of why people in law and government denied it and decided to ...
Harvard Professor Noel Ignatiev talks about how to end the White race
2014 09 02
There was some doubt earlier this week as to the validity of the claim in Kevin MacDonald’s article The War Against Whites. We’ll we found something for your guys: Source: youtube.com Not that this is the only one, far from it, this is just a small sample of the barrage of conferences and a well educated cultural marxists that have set their goals ...
Secret underground tunnels of ancient Mesopotamian cult revealed under Ani ruins
2014 09 01
For the first time in history, the academic world is paying attention to the spectacular underground world of Ani, a 5,000-year-old Armenian city located on the Turkish-Armenian border. Hurriyet Daily News reports that scientists, academics, and researchers have just met at a symposium in Kars titled ‘Underground Secrets of Ani’ to discuss the city’s underground world mentioned in ancient ...
A Government Vision Of The Future That Isn’t That Great
2014 09 01
Here’s a report by the UK Ministry of Defense, a document that they’re not hiding - it’s not classified. In fact, they WANT you to read it: the Global Strategic Trends 2045. For your convenience, they’ve even produced a handy video about their dire predictions: They present a warning call for how things are going to be bad in the future. ...
Bad Memories Turned to Happy Ones in Mice Brains
2014 09 01
Memories are often associated with emotions, and these feelings can change through new experiences and over time. Now, using light, scientists have been able to manipulate mice brain cells and turn the animals’ fearful memories into happy ones, according to a new study. Memories are encoded in groups of neurons that are activated together or in specific patterns, but it is ...
More News »