Lyne Early Christian Cemetry

Kist Burials before excavation

Three cists, complete with capping stones

The Lyne cist cemetery was discovered by chance by David Cowley and his partner Sharon while visiting the nearby Roman fort.

A cist was found exposed on the summit of a gravel esker which had at some time in the past been substantially quarried. The tiny cist was excavated and the rest of the summit was investigated to reveal a further two cists. These were easily recognised by the distinctive arrangement of their side slabs to be of Christian date. The small size of the coffins indicated they were for children and the first one to be found could only have been for a baby.

Early Christian cists have been found in several locations in Upper Tweeddale but these are the first ones to be found for children. The un-answerable question is - were these three burials the last survivors of a larger cemetery and/or was it a children’s cemetery?

Cists with capping stones removed

Cists with capping stones removed

The project was carried out jointly by Peebles Archaeology Society and Biggar Archaeology Group and an illustrated interpretation panel has now been installed on the site, providing information about it and the nearby Roman fort.

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