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Body of young woman who had Charles I shilling placed over eye found in shallow Oxford grave

The body of a young woman buried with a silver shilling on her eye in a 17th century shallow grave has been discovered in Oxford alongside a set of coins struck by Charles I at the Tower Mint during the Civil War.

Archaeologists suspected the St Cross College site could have been an unknown burial ground. But other bones found at the site were confirmed as animal remains, with maps from the period suggesting that the area was used for gardening rather than buildings or cemeteries.

“At present we have one young adult female burial that potentially dates from the English Civil War,” says Carl Champness, the Senior Project Manager for Oxford Archaeology South.

“The burial is unusual as it is currently isolated and not near to any known burial grounds. Read more.