27th June 2003

 

MEDIAEVAL BONES EXCAVATED FROM CELLAR

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Seventeen mediaeval skeletons discovered in the cellar of a house on Monks Road last month have been excavated this week.

 

Forensic scientists from the University of Lincoln and archaeologists from Heritage Lincolnshire unearthed and cleaned the skeletons, which were buried in a mediaeval graveyard some 600 years ago.

 

They will now be kept at the university’s Brayford Pool campus to help teach students of Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology before eventually being reburied.

 

“I’m very excited about it – the discovery really made my day,” said Dr Ron Dixon of the university’s Department of Biological Sciences.

 

“We’ve had several students and staff on site helping with the excavation – not only Forensic Science students but also students of Conservation and Restoration and History students from Bishop Grosseteste College.

 

House owner Ian McDonald (54) and his son were clearing the cellar in the house next-door to where Kim Newsom was murdered by Stephen Hughes in March 2002.

 

When they discovered the bones last month the police were called but forensic scientists soon established that the skeletons were in fact mediaeval.

 

The south side of Monks Road was built over the remains of a mediaeval church and graveyard which was built around 1100 and demolished around 1400.

 

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Caption: Forensic Science lecturer David Butler at the excavation site

 

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Caption: Forensic science student Darren Parr with one of the skulls unearthed

 

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Caption: One of the skeletons in the cellar of the house in Monks Road

 

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Caption: David Butler working on excavating one of the skeletons

 

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Caption: Bishop Grosseteste College student Claire Habbishaw lends a hand on site

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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