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Archaeologists discover late-Roman cemetery in Lincolnshire

By Devaki

London, July 15 (ANI): Archaeologists have found 46 human skeletons at what is thought to be an ancient Roman cemetery, in a county village.

The discovery was made during a five-week dig taking place as part of the development of a derelict pub in Caistor, near Market Rasen.

"The graves are orientated from east to west, with the heads to the west which fits well with Christian tradition. There is an absence of grave goods, such as brooches or accessories, which is also consistent with Christian burials.

"Burial traditions change over time and the fact that these appear to be Christian suggests this cemetery dates back to the late Roman period," This is Lincolnshire quoted Director of the firm Colin Palmer-Brown, as saying.

Addition evidence includes shards of pottery found alongside the graves.

There are also nails and remains of straps suggesting that some of the bodies were in coffins.

The bodies will be exhumed cleaned and examined to determine the sex, approximate age and even whether the persons had suffered from any illness or injury. (ANI)

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