2000-yr-old human skeleton unearthed at Gloucestershire Roman villa dig

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Tue, Jul 06, 2010 12:10 hrs

A 2,000-year-old human skeleton has been discovered alongside Iron Age artefacts near Tewkesbury.

The experts do not know yet whether the skeleton is of a male or female but believe it is at least 2,000 years old.

It has been taken to Oxford to be analysed, reports thisisGloucestershire.co.uk.

Stuart Foreman of Oxford Archaeology said thousands of pieces of masonry, nails, tiles, pottery and clothing would be unearthed by the time the project is complete.

"Whenever you find a new villa, it's of national importance. It's pretty unusual to find a new villa that hasn't been recognised before. It's an important local centre," Foreman said.

He said: "Fragments of stone peg-tiles from the roof and sections of painted wall plaster indicate a building of high quality and status. The footings survive to a height of nearly 1m cut into the hillside."

Archaeologists uncovered signs of the ancient Roman villa in a field on the edge of Bredon's Norton. (ANI)




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