Archaeological works undertaken by Carlisle Archaeological Unit between 1996 and 1997 at the parish church of St Michael, Workington in Cumbria, recovered evidence for a long lived pre-Norman burial ground with early ecclesiastical activity, and a subsequent 12th century church and graveyard. A total of 78 skeletons were analysed osteologically by Oxford Archaeology in 2015. The assemblage was divided into two main groups, the first dating to the 7th-9th centuries (Phase 2), and the second dating to the 10th-11th centuries (Phase 3). 

One Phase 3 skeleton (SK300) exhibited peri-mortem injuries that are likely to have been fatal. Click here or on the image below to download a poster that tells the story of this unusual case of peri-mortem thorax trauma. The poster was presented by OA's Heritage Burial Services team at the 21st annual British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) conference, 13th-15th September 2019, Natural History Museum, London.