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Coastal Erosion in Wales Reveals Monk’s Leg Bones

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


MONKNASH, WALES—Erosion caused by heavy coastal storms left two human thigh bones poking out of a cliff face in South Wales. During the medieval period, the site was used as a cemetery for Cistercian monks, until the monastery was dissolved in 1535. “I would say they belong to a monk from the 1200s—due to previous archaeological digs in the past, the depth of the bones in the cliff, and the history of the area,” archaeologist Karl-James Langford told The Telegraph. The recent storms took a foot of coastline, he added.