Captain William West's grave was the southernmost of the four chancel burials. He was interred in an anthropomorphic, or human-shaped, coffin with his head to the west. Although only traces of the wood survived, plotting of the nail positions revealed the coffin’s original shape. His grave had been seriously disturbed by two later 17th-century boundary ditches and a 1930s utility trench. These disturbances had impacted his cranium and right leg, and only a few inches of fill remained in the grave shaft.
archaeologists discovered a silver-and-cloth artifact
placed between William West's left humerus, or arm bone, and left ribs. This object was the only item found to have been deliberately placed inside one of the coffins. Archaeologists only exposed a small portion of this delicate artifact in the field in order to protect it and undertake a more controlled excavation in the lab. They removed the torso and the artifact along with the surrounding soil for more careful analysis. X-rays revealed that the object was a 6-inch by 3-inch bundled section of a sash, which had been positioned lengthwise with the orientation of the remains. The x-rays also showed dozens of silver spangles and a dense concentration of silver thread. Research indicates that this type of sash was a mark of a captain's rank.