Ancient murder mystery is subject of Cromer Museum Friends’ talk

One of the victims' skulls found at Sedgeford, showing the result of a blow from a weapon he receive

One of the victims' skulls found at Sedgeford, showing the result of a blow from a weapon he received to his head. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

An ancient Norfolk murder mystery comes under the spotlight at the next talk hosted by the Friends of Cromer Museum.

The speaker, on March 18, is one of the team of archaeologists who work each summer on a dig in the village of Sedgeford. Archaeologists investigating the Christian-era cemetery from Anglo-Saxon times have carried out meticulous excavation and detailed examination of 300 skeletons.

Their work has revealed many details of daily life in the village and shown that they were a well-fed and thriving community.

But five tall, strong males, aged about 30 to 40 years, died violent deaths, possibly all on the same occasion.

There is no evidence of a battle in the village, so what could be the cause of the terrible head and upper-body injuries that these men suffered?

Ray Baldry, an osteo-archaeologist, will be giving an illustrated talk in Cromer Community Hall, Garden Street, with his explanation of events 1,200 years ago.

The evening begins at 7.30pm. Entry is £3 which goes to support the work of the Friends of Cromer Museum.

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