The Hope-Taylor Finds

Human Remains


The site was twice used
 as a place for burial of the dead; in the early Bronze Age (late 3rd/early 2nd millennium BC) and during the 6th-7th centuries AD,  when cemeteries existed at both the western and eastern extremities of the settlement.

The Bronze Age cremated remains withstood the highly acidic soil conditions that reduced most of the later Anglo-British burials to ghost-like stains in the sand.  Hope-Taylor excavated over a hundred burials representing cemeteries of considerable size.

The skull shown here was found in Brian Hope-Taylors collection though, given the state of preservation, it is unlikely to have come from Yeavering.

Although never published in detail by Hope Taylor, the burials were re-examined in the 2005 conference proceedings by Dr. Sam Lucy and attention was drawn to their similarity with other northern and borders funerary evidence of the sixth to eighth century date. Were these people retaining or even adopting British funerary customs?

Several collections of human teeth were recovered in the archive, which may derive from the graves. Only the enameled crowns of the teeth have survived the highly destructive acidic conditions.