Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

West Mersea: Ancient bones found on island to be analysed by experts

10:00 06 February 2013

Entrance to West Mersea Barrow

Entrance to West Mersea Barrow

THE mystery behind ancient remains found on the island of West Mersea could soon be solved.

shares

Bones discovered in a Roman burial mound above the access road to the island have been sent off to be analysed by experts in the hope of finding out who it was.

The site was excavated in 1912 by Samuel Hazzledine Warren, who came across a central burial chamber containing a box with a Roman glass urn housing the cremated remains of human bones.

Although no record of the person involved has been found, it is believed they were of high status because of the nature and location of the burial.

The analysis has been organised by Mersea Island Museum where the bones were on display last summer and has been funded by donations from visitors.

The remains have been sent to Jacqueline McKinley, senior osteoarchaeologist at Wessex Archaeology, who has developed a procedure to extract DNA from cremated bone which should give an indication of the sex and age of the person involved and possibly even their ethnic origin.

Mersea Island Museum chairman Joanne Godfrey said: “This campaign has obviously caught the imagination of local people and of visitors from as far away as China and America.

“The museum committee would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this venture, and we hope that their generosity will soon be rewarded with some exciting news.”

The results of the tests are due to be ready in the next seven days.

shares

0 comments

High water at Felixstowe Ferry. Archive image. Photo: Stephen Squirrell/citizenside.com

Flood alerts are in place tonight along the Essex and Suffolk coastline.

The BP garage on the A134 in Sudbury has been ram raided in the early hours. Reports suggest the ATM has been removed.

A cash machine has been stolen in a ram raid at a petrol station in Sudbury in the early hours of this morning.

An artist's impression of the street scene at Wolsey Grange.

A rejected bid to create almost 500 homes on land near Ipswich is to be reconsidered – following allegations a district councillor was handed a note during the original hearing.


A trolley bus at the junction of Duke Street (right) and Fore Hamlet (behind the bus) in April 1963. (Photo by Alan Valentine).

It is more than 50 years since the last trolley bus service ran on the streets of Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

The Beehive pub in Horringer.

Campaigners in west Suffolk are hoping to raise £200,000 to save their local pub.

The Cherry Tree Inn, in Blackenheath, Colchester, was given a 'one' rating on 6 November 2015

Food safety officers have urged the owners of 28 catering businesses in Colchester to improve their hygiene standards following the most recent round of inspections.

Essex MP Simon Burns with US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton

It only seems like yesterday that President Obama was seeking re-election for a second term in office and yet four years on the United States is embroiled in yet another Presidential election to find his successor in the Oval Office.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24