Sunday, April 15, 2012

Roman mysteries uncovered in Chippenham

The secrets locked in five historic Roman burial urns are being uncovered at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham.

Kelly Abbott, contract conservator with Wiltshire Council Conservation Service, said the dusting away of years of history from the urns has uncovered bones that could be human.

The ancient urns, that date back to the Roman conquest, were found at the site of Linden Homes' King Harry Lane development in St Albans.

Foundations Archaeology, which has been working on the site for some time, enlisted the help of council experts to determine whether the remains inside the urns belong to adults or children and to find out more detail about their lives.

Mrs Abbott said: "Unlocking the mystery of these urns could provide a fascinating glimpse of life during the Roman conquest.