How do you bury an abbot?

Furness Abbey by Frenkieb
Furness Abbey, a photo by Frenkieb on Flickr.

Archaeologists working in advance of a project to stabilize the ruined walls of the Cistercian abbey at Barrow-in-Furness found the grave of an abbot. The grave is remarkably intact (really, click and see!).

English Heritage curator Susan Harrison toldĀ Channel 4 News: “This is really significant because it’s the first time under modern conditions that an abbatial or abbot burial has been discovered intact with so much detail and information – from the skeleton to the mark of his office, his crosier, his ring, but also fragments of textile in there.”

I’ll be leading off with this in Gothic Art and Architecture this morning!

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