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Infant burial as a criterion

It is generally acknowledged that tangible evidence of such continuity of Christian tradition is lacking in Britain, at least so far as burials are concerned, and up to now there have been no certain Christian cemeteries identified from the Roman era. That does not mean that they have not been found, or that they cannot be identified, given close analysis of well-recorded sites. Despite the problems associated with such a task, it would seem that, if a set of ranked criteria is applied to any carefully documented fourthcentury cemetery, the site may be identified with a reasonable degree of certainty as either Christian or pagan.