Britain’s oldest hospital uncovered

Published on October 21st, 2010 | by Admin


A site which may be that of Britain’s oldest hospital has been uncovered in Winchester, Hampshire.

Radio carbon analysis at the former Leper Hospital at St Mary Magdalen in Winchester, Hampshire, has provided a date range of AD 960-1030 for a series of burials, many exhibiting evidence of leprosy, on the site.

A number of other artefacts, pits, and postholes also relate to the same time including what appears to be a large sunken structure underneath a medieval infirmary.

Before this new claim, most historians and archaeologists thought that hospitals in the Britain only dated from after the Norman conquest of 1066.

“This is an important archaeological development,” said Dr Simon Roffey from the University of Winchester which conducted the dig.

“Historically, it has always been assumed that hospitals were a post-conquest phenomena, the majority founded from the late 11th century onwards.

“However, our excavations have revealed a range of buildings and, more significantly, convincing evidence for a foundation in the 10th century.

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2 Responses to Britain’s oldest hospital uncovered

  1. Meg Donahue says:

    It seems many historians have chosen to reject the evidence of the early influence of the Anglo-Saxons of the 5-6th centuries, as clearly shown by Dr Sam Newton’s studies on the Wulfing Clan, stemming from the National Treasure of one of England’s great finds, Sutton Hoo; and by Rev. Hew B. Colquhoun, and his studies of early migrations of distant BC era Israel, Dan, and Levites. There are many publications that agree on many details of their presence in early Britain, but is unpopular because it all flies in the face of evolution as well as the active presence of Jesus Christ in human history.

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