Further tests will be conducted on skeletons initially recovered from a centuries-old mass grave in Durham City, in the UK, in 2013.
Initial analysis on the bones of 28 individuals recovered from the site provided some evidence regarding their origins and identity, but was inconclusive.
The tests, coordinated and partly carried out by Durham University’s Department of Archaeology, included examination of the human bones by academic specialists; radiocarbon dating of two individuals and a programme of isotope analysis to ascertain diet.
The University will commission radiocarbon dating of some of the other skeletons, with results expected in the New Year. Read more.
Two centuries old skeletons holding hands have been uncovered at a ‘lost’ chapel during an archaeological dig in Leicestershire.
The remains, of a man and a woman, were found at the Chapel of St Morrell, in Hallaton.
The chapel, an ancient place of pilgrimage, lies directly beneath the starting line of the traditional bottle kicking race held annually in the village.
Tiles from a Roman building, found underneath the chapel, are another discovery at the site which has excited archaeologists.
The dig, by Hallaton Fieldwork Group volunteers, has been taking place for two weeks a year for the past four years. Read more.
A study of over 500 child skeletons from a mass workhouse grave has uncovered the harrowing deaths suffered by the youngest victims of the Famine.
The medical secrets from the hundreds of children buried between 1847 and 1851 in the grounds of the Kilkenny Union Workhouse are uncovered in a new study on the skeletal manifestation of stress in child victims of the Great Irish Famine.
Almost two thirds of the 545 children who were buried in the mass grave on the workhouse grounds were under the age of six, while workhouse records show the mortality rate for babies under the age of two was four times higher than older children. Read more.
About 70 human skeletons have been uncovered by archaeologists during a dig at a former factory in Peterborough.
The finds were made by a team from Durham University, which is surveying the site on Midland Road before it is redeveloped for houses.
The remains are believed to date to the medieval period, but could be Roman.
Developers Westleigh plan to build 70 homes on Midland Road once the archaeologists complete their dig.
Dr Rebecca Casa-Hatton, lead archaeologist at Peterborough City Council, said: “At the moment we presume they may be medieval but we can’t discount they may be late-Roman. Read more.
Three scientists yesterday lost their bid to prevent burial of two 9000-year-old human skeletons claimed by the Kumeyaay people of southern California. The 9th circuit federal court in San Francisco ruled against university professors who filed suit in 2012 to halt the repatriation in order to analyze the ancient bones. But the professors aren’t giving up yet and may appeal.
The skeletons, which the researchers say are scientifically valuable because of their antiquity, were discovered in 1976 near the swimming pool of the chancellor’s residence at the University of California, San Diego. After a protracted legal battle, the university agreed in 2012 to return the skeletons to the nearby Kumeyaay tribe, which claimed them. Read more.
SKELETAL remains discovered at Trinity College could date back to the Vikings, archaeologists have said.
Remains of at least five people were uncovered last month during the Luas cross city works.
Supervising archaeologists, Rubicon Heritage Services, said that it is too early to give an exact date of the bones but the possibility that the remains are Viking cannot be ruled out.
The bodies were discovered just north of the gates of Trinity College on College Green.
An initial examination of the remains has led the team to believe that there is at least one adult male and one ‘sub-adult’, or teenager, in the group. Read more.
Buried secrets of life in medieval Leith have been uncovered after the results of a five-year project to analyse bodies discovered during an archaeological dig were unveiled.
The project, conducted by the city council and Headland Archaeology, began when the remains of almost 400 men, women and children were discovered on the Constitution Street site – previously a section of the South Leith Parish Church’s graveyard – during preparation work for the trams in 2009.
Now forensic artists from the University of Dundee have been able to provide a glimpse of what the Leithers would have looked like 600 years ago by using special technology to rebuild their faces. Read more.
Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest identified race war 13,000 years after it raged on the fringes of the Sahara. French scientists working in collaboration with the British Museum have been examining dozens of skeletons, a majority of whom appear to have been killed by archers using flint-tipped arrows.
The bones – from Jebel Sahaba on the east bank of the Nile in northern Sudan – are from victims of the world’s oldest known relatively large-scale human armed conflict.
Over the past two years anthropologists from Bordeaux University have discovered literally dozens of previously undetected arrow impact marks and flint arrow head fragments on and around the bones of the victims. Read more.