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Ceremony brings St Mary's dig to a close
7:20am Friday 27th September 2013 in Local
A CEREMONY was held at St Mary’s churchyard to rebury the bones unearthed during the archeology dig.
Canon Owain Bell conducted the ceremony on Saturday which ended the four-week Kidderminster Civic Society dig.
He said: “This has been a first-class event in the life of the community. It has brought many people together with a thirst to understand the mystery of our town's origins."
The dig hoped to uncover the missing Saxon monastery that many academics believe to be in Kidderminster.
In 2006, a radar survey appeared to show a building in St Mary’s churchyard but historians now believe it showed a contrast between pristine sand and a different type of soil.
The Kidderminster Civic Society is waiting for the full report from archaeologists which will include analysis of the finds.
Project leader Nigel Gilbert said: “Those who attended our public meeting in July will have heard me say that were not allowing ourselves to expect to find a Saxon minster.
“We always knew that it would be good fortune if we found Saxon remains. But we did expect to find a structure.
"I have lived for seven years in the belief in the near-certainly there was an unknown building buried in the churchyard. It is no consolation that the Kidderminster dig will lead to a reappraisal of the science of geophysics.
“During the mornings of the last week my sense of disappointment when I arrived at the dig immediately gave way before the continuing enthusiasm of the volunteers who have loved the experience of the dig. They have learned so much about archaeology and of the history of the town."
When the archaeologist's written report is available, the society will be organising a social event for volunteers and a public meeting to report on the dig's findings.
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