Skelton Unearthed in Ancient Roman Site Points to Possible Murder Mystery

September 16, 2009

(ChattahBox)—British archaeologists continue to make exciting discoveries at the excavation site of a buried Roman town in present-day Norfolk, England. Scientists recently unearthed an ancient skeleton that was haphazardly buried, leading to the speculation that the long-buried Roman may have been murdered or executed.

The excavation of the buried Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St. Edmund, began in 1929 where artifacts and evidence point to the Iron Age and early prehistoric occupation around 10,000 B.C.

The latest discovery is a well preserved skeleton, that scientists believe is male, which was found in a shallow pit on its side. The archaeologists say this is not the typical way ancient Romans buried their dead. Archaeologist Will Bowden of the University of Nottingham said, “This is an abnormal burial.”

The archaeologists plan to clean the skeleton and examine it for additional clues to offer an explanation for the man’s demise.

“It is an exciting find, and once we have cleaned the bones they will undergo a full examination and a range of scientific tests to try and find out how this individual died,” said Bowden.

The Caistor excavations have previously uncovered evidence of the ancient town’s water supply system and public buildings, including baths, temples and a forum.

The Roman town of Caistor is situated in the territory of the Iceni tribe of Boudica, who rebelled against the repressive Roman rule in 60/61 A.D.

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