Friday, June 10, 2011

Skeleton found in Berkeley is important historical find

A HISTORICALLY important skeleton has been unearthed in the grounds of a museum in Berkeley.

Archaeologists have uncovered a Roman or Dark Ages skeleton in the grounds of the Edward Jenner museum.

The Roman occupation in Britain ended in 410AD, making this an extremely rare find of great historical significance. As the skeleton was painstakingly excavated by students from the University of Bristol it became clear that it was cut in half by a later ditch. Roman material was found in this ditch, which could have either been deposited by the Romans themselves or by post-Roman inhabitants of the area.

BBC Coast presenter and historian Prof Mark Horton, who leads the student dig with Dr Stuart Prior from Bristol University, said it was an extremely exciting find.

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