OK all you "Time Team" fans, who can tell me how an archaeologist knows if the burial they're excavating is from a Christian or Pagan community?
Oh come on now it's not as if you don't get a heavy hint every time the sketch artist does his stuff for the man who made a career out of swearing blind he had a cunning plan.
The answer of course is that burials associated with openly Christian ancient settlements are generally aligned East-West while those interred at places associated for example with the roman outposts on our ancient road network are generally found in a North-South alignment.
It's not rocket science.
So someone really ought to despatch a couple of men of the cloth to take the silly burghers of Aberystwyth to task. For it seems their "Cefn Llan" burial ground is generally aligned "North-South" and the council are putting people in the ground that way round.
A mouthpiece for the blundering burghers would have you believe there is no legislation in place covering this issue and therefore it's not their problem.
Well, I think it's high time it was made their problem. For as the article says, a number of elderly residents of the town are getting themselves quite worked up into a lather over this, and frankly I feel they have every right to. We should demand that these silly burghers who deny the dying the knowledge that their final resting place will accord with countless decades of tradition should be rounded up and whipped naked through the streets of Aberdeen.
Oh, all right. Maybe that is going a bit too far.
After all, Aberdeen's a long way away, and there is a prefectly usable market square to whip 'em round at Aberdovey not twenty miles from the chambers in which they rest their fat and ignorant arses.