Porpoise Burial by Medieval Monks Creates Puzzling Grave Mystery

The world’s earliest known porpoise burial has just been discovered, and archaeologists wonder why medieval monks placed the marine mammal in a pit resembling a human grave.

Published On 09/21/2017
4:47 PM EDT
The buried porpoise as it was first being uncovered. | Philip de Jersey
A photo taken from west of the site, with the medieval building at Chapelle Dom Hue visible in the foreground | Philip de Jersey
Researchers excavating at Chapelle Dom Hue, with Guernsey in the distance | Philip de Jersey