Columns from a Norman crypt which were excavated in August have been re-buried indefinitely, at a Devon church.
Two columns with intricate carvings were unearthed at St Stephen’s Church on Exeter High Street.
It was the first time they had been seen since an excavation in 1826.
It had been hoped the columns would go on display, but the masonry was considered unsafe and the columns have now been re-buried.
Archaeologist Stewart Brown said: “There are only two known crypts in Devon and Cornwall and the other one’s a Saxon crypt.
“This one has columns and is altogether more grand.”
The two columns, which would have supported the roof of the crypt were topped by capitals with carved foliage.
Mr Brown said the columns had cathedral grandeur and were probably the last surviving parts of the crypt. Read more.