Teenagers who joined archaeologists on a dig in an historic village uncovered the 1,000-year-old remains of a woman.
Pupils from different schools in Cambs and Suffolk were on a higher education course digging near Halesworth when their spades hit a skull.
Cambridge University archaeologist Carenza Lewis said they do not know all that much about the body they found.
"We think she may be Anglo Saxon or from before the Norman Conquest. She is ancient, adult and female," she said.
The dig, in the village of Chediston, was part of a series of higher education field academies run by Access Cambridge Archaeology.
The body was found outside the confines of an existing churchyard and this is very unusual, the archaeologists believe.
Ms Lewis said: "She was buried about three feet down and facing east which is evidence of a classic Christian burial.
"Before the Norman Conquest the churchyard occupied a different area and this may account for her grave."