Hidden beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, archaeologists have discovered a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery that seemed to show no religious bias.
The new discovery, found at the junction of Newarke and Oxford Streets, includes numerous burials and skeletal remains from 13 individuals, both male and female of various ages. The cemetery is estimated to date back to around A.D. 300, according to University of Leicester archaeologists who led the dig.
“We have literally only just finished the excavation and the finds are currently in the process of being cleaned and catalogued so that they can then be analyzed by the various specialists,” John Thomas, archaeological project officer, told LiveScience in an email. Read more.
AN archaeological dig is currently taking place in Middlewich in a bid to find a Roman cemetery.
Experts from Oxford Archaeology North are excavating land in King Street industrial estate and are expected to stay on site until late August.
They are also hoping to make discoveries relating to Roman industry.
It follows tests on the site in 2008 which revealed evidence of cremation urns.
“That gives us a good indication that there’s something there,” said Kerry Fletcher, heritage officer for Middlewich Town Council.
“The Romans occupied Middlewich for 400 years so there’s got to be a cemetery somewhere.
“It’s a very complex site because as we dig it’s growing and growing in size.
“We still don’t know how big the Roman settlement was. This will go some way to answer that question.” Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered 85 Roman graves in what has been hailed as the largest and best preserved cemetery of that period found in Norfolk.
The site at Great Ellingham, near Attleborough, has been excavated over the last four months and the findings have now been revealed.
Among the skeletons, which have been exhumed for further study, there were some which were beheaded after death.
The cemetery is thought to date from the 3rd/4th Century.
The excavation was part of a planning process following an application for the residential development of a site in Great Ellingham.
Complete burials and isolated finds of human bones have been recorded at, and immediately adjacent to, the site since the late 1950s. Read more.
An archaeological excavation that has unveiled 2,000 years of York’s history is about to once again disappear underground.
The Hungate dig in York is the biggest urban excavation in the city for a quarter of a century and covers a 2,500 sq m (26,900 sq ft) area.
The York Archaeological Trust has spent five years working on the dig but will hand the site back to developers in December.
Viking age cellars and the remains of a Roman cemetery will vanish beneath a modern housing development in 2012.
Over the past five years more than 20,000 people have visited the site as archaeologists have uncovered a variety of artefacts which have shed more light on the history of York. Read more.