A mysterious skeleton at a Roman site puzzles the archaeologists in Great Britain

Posted: September 16, 2009 in Archaeology, Excavation, History, Tech
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During the excavations at the buried town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund in Norfolk the archaeologists found a mysterious skeleton. The leader of the excavation dr Will Bowden from the Department of Archaeology says it is a very rare burial. The person is probably a male who has been laid down in a shallow pit on his side.

This is not the common way for Romans to bury their dead. The person could have been murdered or he was a criminal or something else maybe lead to a dramatic and mysterious death. The skeleton will be fully examined by the archaeologists and go through alot of scientific testing to see how the man (if it is a man, or woman) died.

During the excavations the have also found prehistoric evidence 10 000 years BC and of Iron Age. The first excavations in the area took place in 1929 after the site had been seen in aerial photographs due to a extremely dry summer.

Through the latest technology as different kinds of geo scanners and earth radars like magnetometer they have mapped the entire area of the Roman town which is inside probable defensive walls.

The results from the survey showed a clear plan of the town, confirming the street plan earlier shown by aerial photographs, the town’s water supply system detecting the iron collars connecting wooden water pipes, and the series of public buildings including the baths, temples and forum, known from earlier excavations connected to the Romans. Caistor is in the territory of the Iceni, the tribe of Boudica who started a rebellion against the Romans in 60-61 AD. It have been revealed very many circular features that most likely predates the Romans. It seems like there was a large settlement before the Romans got there. There has previously been found metalwork and coins from the late Iron Age but now the archaeologists is starting to get proof of structures as well.

Read the full article here

Picture from Science Daily.com

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