Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°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.

Archant

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

shares

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.

shares

0 comments

Ed Hawkins has been training celebrities for the new TV show 'Flock Stars'. Ed is pictured in Chelsworth.

He’s used to the challenges of a life outdoors – braving rain, wind and even snow to look after his sheep in bucolic rural Suffolk.

Figures presented in an operational performance report for the county show that the equivalent of 31 12-hour shifts were spent by ambulance staff treating patients who could not be admitted to A&E within 15-minutes of arrival.

A pig and four chickens have been stolen from a field in Sudbury.

Curve Motion in Bury St Edmunds is a good day out for the kids.

Sadly, rainy days are not a rare thing when it comes to the Great British Summer, so when the heavens open we are well-stocked with things to do.

Carl Robbins

The search for a prisoner who absconded from Hollesley Bay earlier this month is still ongoing.

Don't believe the message that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable

There’s something about Jez (as we hip young things on social media call Jeremy Corbyn) that thoroughly warms my cockles. Perhaps it’s his air of humility, his open-necked honesty or simply his dogged under-dogness?

Mildenhall Lodge Care Home.

Providing care for those in extreme old age, and with serious long-term health problems, is one of the major challenges facing society – especially for an area like East Anglia which has a disproportionately high number of older people.

Willow the Wolf.

A new art trail in Bury St Edmunds has already been followed by thousands of people, surpassing the expectations of its organisers.

People living near the Bulmer Fox pub (in Bulmer Tye near Sudbury) are at the end of their tether with the number of cars crashing throug their fence.

Another car has left the road at an accident blackspot on the Suffolk/Essex border – just days after an urgent plea was issued for measures to reduce the number of crashes.

Tents uprooted from their pegs at Jimmy's Farm.

More than 18,500 people attended the festival at the 100-acre farm in Wherstead at the weekend, which was hit by heavy rainfall.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages