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CT scanners are being used to help unlock the secrets of five Roman burial urns that were discovered at a housing development in Hertfordshire.

Conservators at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre were called in by archaeologists excavating at King Harry Lane in St Albans.

Work is being done to discover whether the remains inside the cremation urns belong to adults or children.

The urns were found at the entrance to a late Iron Age defended settlement.

Micro-excavation

Kelly Abbott, contract conservator with the Wiltshire Council Conservation Service, said: “Unlocking the mystery of these urns could provide a fascinating glimpse of life during the time of the Roman Conquest. Read more.

THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds’ worth of rare Saxon silver coins from the Museum of St Albans, which represent the rich history and heritage of the district.

St Albans District Council has said the 30 coins were taken from a locked display cabinet in the Medieval Gallery at the Hatfield Road museum.

It is thought the locks on the cabinet were broken before the coins, estimated to have an insurance value in the region of £12,000, were taken.

The council says the theft occured on or around the weekend of Saturday, January 7.

A sixth or seventh century silver hand pin, discovered in excavations at St Albans Abbey, were also taken from the same case.

The coins were part of a hoard of Saxon silver coins found at the Abbey Orchard in St Albans in 1969 during an excavation by the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, within the area of the monastic buildings attached to the Abbey, prior to the construction of Abbey Primary School. Read more.