The Mystery Stones of Hexham Abbey

Legend says that the huge stones of Hexham Abbey's crypt were the work of giants, but now archaeologists believe that they were probably stolen from Roman bridges.

The crypt of the abbey is the oldest surviving part of the church, said to be built by St. Wilfrid. The new study shows that the stones were taken by Anglo-Saxons to build the crypt in 674 C.E. The use of Roman bridge stones would explain their strange encryptions, which match those from the ruins of other Roman bridges.