The interesting aspect of the find is that the individual who was buried, thought to be a 16-year-old girl, was found with an exquisite gold and garnet cross on her chest. Scientists believe that the burial site dates from the point at which Christianity was introduced to the otherwise pagan British Isles, and therefore the cross indicates the girl may have been one of the early converts. Even more interesting, the girl was buried with a bag of precious stones and a small knife — which indicates that some of the pagan beliefs that the body would need material goods at some point still held sway. The cross, precious stones, and knife also suggest that the girl was from a noble family, and perhaps even royalty.
Although I think the find is interesting, because you learn a lot about a people from what they choose to be buried with, it always makes me uneasy when scientists invade gravesites. I don’t care how ancient they may be, human remains deserve to lie undisturbed.
The Rapture is not quite the End of the World, however. As I understand the concept, The Rapture describes the event when all humans are judged and those found worthy go to Heaven. Some believers envision the process as involving people disappearing as they go about their everyday lives. (If it happens on Saturday, it won’t be a good time to be out driving.) Then, after The Rapture occurs, the rest of us apparently get to stay on Earth to deal with a period of disaster and chaos and turmoil before the world eventually ends.
Wouldn’t you know it? Russell is supposed to graduate on Sunday!