New excavations may shed light on York's Saxon past

Archaeologists have long known about the Roman and Viking heritage of York, England, but little of its Saxon past, but new excavations of York Minster may shed some light on the unknown era.

A small hole in the floor of the church has yielded a jumble of human bones, used as backfill for the cathedral. Experts hope that the finds, including large postholes, will belong to the time period between the Roman and Viking eras. Of special interest would be the location of the first minster, recorded in records of 87thy century King Edwin of Northumbria.