West Suffolk: Roman skeletons discovered by Anglian Water in Barnham, Bardwell, Pakenham and Rougham
- Credit: Archant
Skeletons that could date back as far as Roman Britain have been hailed as “exciting archaeological finds” after their discovery in west Suffolk.
Nine skeletons and other historical artefacts have been uncovered around Barnham, Bardwell, Pakenham and Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds.
The discoveries were made while Anglian Water prepared to install a new £9m, 31km pipeline, with the five-month dig revealing a host of rare treasures.
Eight skeletons believed to be of the late of post-Roman era - AD300-500 - were unearthed near Barnham, two of which were buried with a brooch and knife as grave goods.
Another Roman skeleton and four cremation pits have also been found.
You may also want to watch:
Jo Everitt, Anglian Water’s environment and heritage assessor, said the volume of discoveries would be enough to fill half a shipping container.
She added: “We’ve made some exciting archaeological finds here which are a fantastic reward for the careful planning that went into this project. “The team has been excavating around 30 different locations along a vast pipeline route and the discoveries have been numerous, so the archaeologists have been extremely busy.
- 1 Ipswich U18s fall to second-half Liverpool goals - how the FA Youth Cup semi-final unfolded....
- 2 Mum-of-four with 'beautiful soul' dies after collapsing in the street
- 3 'Beautiful inside and out': Tragedy as mum dies 48 hours after giving birth
- 4 Steam locomotive back in Suffolk for anniversary trips
- 5 Former judge's widow on trial for sex abuse of young boy in 1980s
- 6 Stuart Watson's Verdict: Judge Chambers and Skuse's legacy by what their peers said
- 7 'I loved my time here... I should have stayed' - Former loanee Jeffers back with Town in coaching role
- 8 'The manager has to impose his will... we'll give him the resources to do that' - Detmer on Cook's transfer funds
- 9 Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car
- 10 'Larger-than-life' Ipswich drama teacher Gloria Henshall dies
“Because the finds are so rich and varied in date, they will make a great display.”