Old Roman cemetery, discovered in a construction site
An Ancient Roman cemetery was discovered at a construction site in North Lincolnshire. The bodies are said to be 2000 years old.
A 2000 year old Roman cemetery, discovered in Lincolnshire, England, incorporated pieces of ancient pottery, skeletons, and “serious business” for the deceased.
The cemetery was found during the construction of a new building at the University of Lincoln. Early research showed the remains of two babies and the partial skeleton of an adult, but further excavation showed a larger cemetery, with “dozens” of skeletons have been found, according to the BBC.
One of the babies was “carefully buried” under a tile and the cremated remains of another individual were also found in an urn.
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“We know that Lincoln was an influential Roman city and important,” Allen Archaeology wrote on her website, discussing the find. “Well-preserved remains survive around the city, the Newport Arch is the most obvious and impressive.”
All Archaeology continued: “the First results suggest the cemetery was used over a longer period of time. Previous archaeological work in the area has revealed evidence of Roman buildings dating back to the 1st century, but until now it was thought that the area was used by the Romans for housing, so this is an exciting discovery.”
More than 60 tombs have been excavated so far, according to the BBC. Included in the findings are a 2nd century Roman villa, and the aforementioned items.
Natasha Powers, senior manager at Allen Archaeology, told the BBC the discovery was “not an everyday find,” adding that the cemetery “tells us something about the population living there 2000 years ago.”
The excavation is currently underway and the findings will be exhibited in The Collection of a local museum.
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The old Roman cemetery is just one of the last Roman-era finds all over the world.
Not so long ago, images of a male skeleton, apparently crushed by a rock in the ancient eruption of Vesuvius, went viral after their discovery.
In the united kingdom, a mysterious Roman bronze hand, was recently discovered by archaeologists in the vicinity of Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia