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Dozens of Roman graves found under York hotel swimming pool
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/ ^ | 4/24/18 | Dan Bea

Posted on 04/25/2018 5:59:12 PM PDT by BBell

MORE than 70 Roman skeletons were discovered on the site of a former hotel in York.

The grade two listed building, formerly the Newington Hotel in Mount Vale Drive, overlooks Knavesmire and has been stripped back by developers to create seven new family houses.

During the renovation of the Georgian building, developers were surprised to find human remains, and the York Archaeological Trust were called in to assist with the recovery.

Developer John Reeves said the development had retained most of its original Georgian features, but the scheme had also involved some "interesting" elements.

He said: "The refurb has not been without its issues. To start with, there were over 60 Roman skeletons found under the old swimming pool, in what was an extension to the Roman burial ground further up Mount Vale. All had to be painstakingly removed, catalogued and investigated by the archaeological trust."

A spokesman for the York Archaeological Trust, said the find was not surprising, given the city's association with the Roman empire, and yielded dozens of finds.

He said: "The property is adjacent to a cemetery excavated by L P Wenham in the 1950s – one of the first Romano-British burial grounds to be fully published in this country and lies about 300m from Driffield Terrace, where a previous YAT excavation in 2004 and 2005 famously uncovered the graves of over 30 decapitated Romans, a number of whom were interpreted as possible gladiators.

"The excavations Lasted three months and 75 graves have been recorded by YAT. The graves were, for the most part, strikingly shallow – something that Wenham had also noted while digging next door – meaning that many of them had been damaged by ploughing throughout the medieval period and 19th century construction."

The spokesman said the cemetery was "demographically diverse", and included "men and women, and individuals of all ages from infants to elderly adults – although they seem to have been broadly of the same social class".

As for the objects found within the graves, Mr Scott said they included "a jet pin", while another individual "had been interred wearing some kind of copper alloy head ornament whose flaky, corroded remains had left a green stain on their forehead".


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5 minute video at site.

Under the pool no less.


1 posted on 04/25/2018 5:59:12 PM PDT by BBell
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Sounds like a good old fashioned Roman Holiday


2 posted on 04/25/2018 6:02:07 PM PDT by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: BBell

Knavesmire.
Should have told them something.


3 posted on 04/25/2018 6:03:59 PM PDT by Palio di Siena
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To: BBell

Pool and a pond.


4 posted on 04/25/2018 6:07:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“the graves of over 30 decapitated Romans, a number of whom were interpreted as possible gladiators.”

And/or possible Christian victims of persecution?


5 posted on 04/25/2018 6:09:17 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight

Or victims of proto-Muslims.


6 posted on 04/25/2018 6:10:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: BBell

Poltergeist. My thoughts when I saw the headline.


7 posted on 04/25/2018 6:11:21 PM PDT by PLMerite ("They say that we were Cold Warriors. Yes, and a bloody good show, too." - Robert Conquest)
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To: SunkenCiv
>>As for the objects found within the graves, Mr Scott said they included "a jet pin"


8 posted on 04/25/2018 6:11:46 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ads for Chappaquiddick warn of scenes of tobacco use. What about the hazards of drunk driving?)
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To: SunkenCiv
>>As for the objects found within the graves, Mr Scott said they included "a jet pin"


9 posted on 04/25/2018 6:12:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ads for Chappaquiddick warn of scenes of tobacco use. What about the hazards of drunk driving?)
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To: BBell

He said: “The refurb has not been without its issues. To start with, there were over 60 Roman skeletons found under the old swimming pool

Typical. The contractor is always coming up with excuses why the renovation is taking longer than they said it would. Weather is bad. The electrician called in sick. Found 60 skeletons under the swimming pool. It always something.


10 posted on 04/25/2018 6:15:29 PM PDT by Flick Lives (F*ck the FBI)
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To: BBell

They made the mistake of digging somewhere in England - “Ooops, we found something, stop work!”. Seems to happen all the time.


11 posted on 04/25/2018 6:16:40 PM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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12 posted on 04/25/2018 6:21:21 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: BBell

Was one named Jimmy Hoffa?


13 posted on 04/25/2018 6:22:00 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BBell

Yikes


14 posted on 04/25/2018 6:25:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BBell; SunkenCiv

The Roman name for York was Eburacum. After they took over, the Anglo-Saxons shortened the name to Eofric, then the Vikings renamed it Jorvik, and finally when the Anglo-Saxons (English) got it back, it was called York. Since the last name had only one syllable, everyone stuck with that.


15 posted on 04/25/2018 6:26:19 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Palio di Siena

Indeed!


16 posted on 04/25/2018 6:43:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BBell

Almost 2 hours and no one has made your connection to the movie: Poltergeist.


17 posted on 04/25/2018 7:51:16 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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To: BBell

I thought Romans cremated their dead.


18 posted on 04/25/2018 8:53:08 PM PDT by RedMonqey (" Those who turn their arms in for plowshares will be doing the plowing for those who didn’t.")
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To: Deaf Smith

Post 7. About 12 minutes.


19 posted on 04/25/2018 9:04:47 PM PDT by BBell (calm down and eat your sandwiches)
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To: RedMonqey

Only in Pompeii.


20 posted on 04/25/2018 9:11:46 PM PDT by BBell (calm down and eat your sandwiches)
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