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Well-Preserved Ancient Skeleton Uncovered in Northern England

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Yorkshire-Skeleton UncoveredYORKSHIRE, ENGLAND—A well-preserved skeleton thought to date to the Roman period has been discovered in a sewer trench in the village of Norton-on-Derwent. The sewer project runs alongside a modern road that follows a route similar to an ancient Roman road. “It was in a crouched or fetal position, possibly mirroring birth and was located within the limits of a Roman cemetery but it has similarities with burials of prehistoric date,” said archaeologist Chris Pole. No grave goods have been recovered. Tests may help determine the person’s age, sex, and perhaps a cause of death.