Alas, poor monk, whose eternal rest was disturbed by the discovery of his leg bones protruding from a cliff along the sea shore of Monknash, South Wales. The remains are believed to be from a young Cistercian monk who lived at the nearby 12 century abbey. (photo)
The remains have been given last rites but will not be excavated. "You can clearly see a grave has been eroded into the sea. What is fascinating is you can see the two femurs being slowly revealed as the cliffs are eroded away," said archaeologist Karl-James Langford of Archaeology Cymru. "We can't save everything. This beautiful find really tells us the tragedy of human life - the memento mori movement where life has to come to an end. The belief that Mother Earth would take you and absorb you back into the soil."