Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Long Melford: Ancient bones found in archaeological dig at village school

09:00 28 July 2012

The archaeological dig in the grounds of Long Melford Primary School. Andrew Tester is pictured at the site.

The archaeological dig in the grounds of Long Melford Primary School. Andrew Tester is pictured at the site.


ARCHAEOLOGISTS working in west Suffolk have unearthed the 2,000-year-old remains of tribesmen buried beneath a primary school playground.

Experts from Suffolk County Council’s archaeological services started the dig at Long Melford Primary School this week ahead of building work to extend the school building and install new play equipment. So far, they have exhumed two skeletons and the ancient remains of a cremation together with some well-preserved pottery pieces that were used to hold food and drink offerings.

According to senior project officer, Andrew Tester, the site dates back to the second century when Long Melford was under the control of a tribe known as a the Trinovantes, allies to the Romans who had invaded East Anglia a century before.

He said: “This is a small burial site that, we think, is located here because it was near a major Roman road or besides some dwellings.

“The way bodies were placed in graves was a lot more informal at this time compared with later Roman and Christian periods. Some bodies were laid face down, others even had their skulls placed between their legs.

“This site is important because it shows the variety of ways bodies were inhumed at this time.”

Mr Tester said the finds would be taken away for further tests to ascertain the exact age of the bones.

He added that Suffolk County Council would be working with the school to involve pupils in a project about the find.


Posters appealing for information into the disappearance of missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague in shop windows throughout  Bury St Edmunds town centre

A man in a black T-shirt with white writing on who spoke to Corrie McKeague in Pizza Mama Mia, Bury St Edmunds, on the morning he disappeared has now been traced and spoken to.

Norwich Road vandalism, Ipswich

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

Northgate School sports day in July 1978

Previously two schools, Northgate High School is currently the largest high school in Ipswich with 1,700 pupils on roll.

New Mid Suffolk and Babergh chief executive Arthur Charvonia.

A new chief executive has been appointed to take over the reins at Mid Suffolk and Babergh Councils.

Matron Hannah English and consultant Djavid Alleemudder from the Ipswich Hospital fertility team.

Couples seeking help in conceiving are invited to an open day at Ipswich Hospital to meet fertility experts.

Sir David Attenborough reopened the Abberton Reservoir for Essex and Suffolk Water and Essex Wildlife Trust. The reservoir has had an enormous amount of work done to it as a reservoir and as a wildlife habitat.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust today launches an ambitious £1million public appeal as part of a land purchase plan that is on a scale “unprecedented” in the nature charity’s long history.

Abnormal loads will be making their way along the roads of Suffolk over the next two weeks

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way along the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24