I shared this on facebook & got this interesting reminder of another
"We continued to find more pits but most with their contents removed
till 2005 when we excavated a line of three pits. Two rectangular and a
round one between them. We excavated the round one and were amazed at
its contents. It had the same swan feather lining and on either side
were the bodies of two Magpies and between them were over 55 eggs."
Above from dig at Saveock water, Cornwall
shared by Jack Daw
On 29/07/2015 09:23, Ceri Houlbrook wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> An acquaintance of mine was hoping that someone could shed some light on
> the following extract:
> "In demolishing a house recently, for the purpose of widening the Rue
> Guy Lussac, near the Pantheon, the workmen discovered in one of the
> chimney jambs a cavity in which was the skeleton of an infant of about a
> year old. The bones reposed on a layer of eggs, still entire, to the
> number of more than 60, and near the hand was a little leather ball,
> which had formerly been white. The heat had partly calcined the bones of
> the legs, and the eggs had been dried till the centres were not larger
> than a pea. The infant appears to have been in this receptacle for some
> 25 or 30 years, which besides had been made and closed up by some
> practised hand, as there were no external signs of any derangement.
> Conjecture is quite baffled as to the reasons for such a
> *singular**tomb,*and for the accompanying eggs. Towards 1804 the house
> was inhabited by a religious community, but in the year 1807 it became a
> furnished lodging-house."
> Southland [NZ] Times, Issue 546, 22 August 1866, Page 3
> Has anyone ever come across anything similar?
> All the best, Ceri
> Dr. Ceri Houlbrook
> University of Manchester
> Tel: +44 (0)161 279 1923