Under the parking lot found an ancient Roman cemetery

05/06/2013

By parking in Leicester, England, archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman burial, which has no obvious religious differences. Age burial is estimated at 1700 years.
 

Find includes many graves and the remains of 13 people — women and men of all ages. According to the archaeologists from the University of Leicester, burial appeared about 300 BC

"Just recently we finished the excavation, and the results are now processed and systematized, so that they may work and others", — said John Thomas, an archaeologist and director of the project.

Recently, archaeologists have often found the remains of ancient people in the parking areas. In February of this year under another car park in Leicester found the remains of which may well belong to the disappeared and to slander the King of England Richard III. A little later, a car park in Scotland have found the remains of a medieval knight, and even his family vault.

"Unusually, the 13 graves that we found during recent excavations show a variety of traditions of burial. The graves in the direction from east to west and from north to south — said Thomas. — Many were buried with personal belongings: with rings, pins, buckles and boots with spikes. "

In pagan traditions grave should be located from north to south, and the body is lying on its side. Head cut off and placed in the legs near two clay jars, which were intended for the afterlife. "Therefore, burial found very similar to the pagan" — said Thomas.

Found near the characteristic Christian burial — lies buried facing east, on his left hand agate ring. The ring is engraved with the letters «IX» — apparently, an early Christian symbol, which means the initials of Jesus Christ in Greek. "If this is confirmed, we found the earliest evidence of the faith of the period — Thomas added.

According to the scientist, says such a burial of the diversity of religious life of the inhabitants of Leicester at the time.

Also, on a street in Leicester archaeologists discovered the moat of the XVII century, which could serve as a city defense during the English Revolution.

The study is ongoing and archaeologists and other scientists will study human remains in order to better determine their age, sex and cause of death.
"Perhaps the study of the remains will help us learn more about the diet of the time, and the state of the bones can tell a lot about the way of life in the past," — says Thomas.

 


S. Vasilenko

See also: Archaeological finds of old, Who built the pyramids of Egypt.

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