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Funeral held for a 700-year-old corpse

By Jane Fazackarley     Mar 14, 2009 in Lifestyle
Over 200 people attended a funeral today in north Kent for a teenage girl who is unnamed. The body was found with its head removed some 700 years ago.
The girl's remains were discovered by an archaeologist on ground at Hoo Street Werburgh Parish Church which is located near Rochester. Her head was found next to the girl's body. It has been suggested that the girl may have committed suicide or that she could have been executed.
Members of the church called the girl Holly after the remains of the dead girl were found next to a holly bush which had been displayed at the church during Christmas time,
Reverend Andy Harding, the vicar for the church said:
Whoever this young girl is, whatever she had done, innocent or guilty, she and everyone deserves a dignified and respectable funeral.
"If she had faced a trial then her death was the human penalty and she has paid in full.
"If she took her own life then today's culture tells us that she deserves pity and understanding, not damnation and brutality.":
"Holly had an horrific end and the treatment of her body was brutal."
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