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Has anyone got any thoughts on this one?


Dr Madeleine Gray, in the foothills of God's golden county of Gwent
School of Humanities and Science, UWCN Caerleon Campus
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                      "Iestyn Jones"
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                                               Subject:  Fw: Priest burial alignments
                      08/29/03 12:18 PM

Hi Maddy,

Thought you might know of the reference mentioned below!


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From: "Rose, Edwin" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 10:54 AM
Subject: Priest burial alignments

A colleague has enquired about a 14th century priest burial excavated at
Carrow Priory, Norfolk, with head to the east.

Many years ago I was told that in the late medieval period, the custom
arose of burying priests in front of the congregation with head to the
east, the flock of course all having head to the west, so that at the
Last Judgement when the people arose to face the east, the priest would
be facing them. Other colleagues remember being told the same thing but
none of us knows a documentary reference.

Does anyone know of such a ref, or of any other head-to-east priest
burials for me to pass on to the enquirer?

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