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Lincoln developers stumble across Roman burials


Three perfectly-preserved Roman skeletons, believed to be part of the same burial ground where 23 skeletons were unearthed in a 2015 dig, have been discovered at the site of a new student accommodation development in Lincoln.

Lincoln developers stumble across Roman burials
Credit: BPM Media
They were unearthed at the former site of the Taste Of Marrakesh restaurant in the city centre where a development of 400 student flats is to be built. Among the discoveries were some from the Medieval era - including cellars, wells and a bone ice skate.

Network Archaeology and city archaeologist Alastair Macintosh have spent a month on the dig in collaboration with developer Jackson & Jackson.

Lincoln developers stumble across Roman burials
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Claire Lingard, a director of Network Archaeology, said: "There are three burials which are all believed to be male. Logic dictates they were buried in the same burial ground as the earlier finds of 23 skeletons. One is buried with a votive pot which we think is late fourth century and that enables us to date the burial. The pot would have been filled with a drink to take to the afterlife and that's a ritual that was common in the Roman period.”

She added: "The medieval finds are really fascinating. I like the skate made from animal bone - you can imagine the owner skating on the Brayford.”

Work is now ongoing to catalogue, date and archive the finds.

Source: The Sun [July 04, 2018]

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