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Pagan and Christian Burials Found in Roman Cemetery

Monday, May 06, 2013


roman-cemetery-2LEICESTER, ENGLAND—Thirteen burials, part of a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery, have been found beneath a parking lot. The burials display a range of religious beliefs. “Unusually the 13 burials found during the recent excavations, of mixed age and sex, displayed a variety of burial traditions, including east to west and north to south-oriented graves, many with personal items such as finger rings, hairpins, buckles and hob-nailed shoes,” said archaeologist John Thomas. In one of the burials, the body, which had been placed on its side, had the head removed and placed near its feet, along with two pieces of pottery. In another burial, the body had been wearing a ring decorated with what could be an early Christian symbol.