Wool fleece helps date Christian church

A tiny scrap of wool fleece, found in a grave, has helped to date an early Christian church in Maryport, Cumbria, England. The wool, which dated to the 3rd or 4th century CE, showed that a structure, accompanied by Christian burials, was probably a Christian church from the late Roman period.

Archaeological dig director Professor Ian Haynes, of Newcastle University, believes that the east-west-facing building was a church that was part of a "Latin-using Christian community that occupied the hill top for some decades afterwards."