Bournemouth University dig finds ‘significant’ Roman remains

BU's Dr Miles Russell with the skeletons

A new archaeological find uncovered by BU researchers and students during their annual ‘Big Dig’ at the Durotriges site in Dorset, could help to shed light on the rural elite of late-Roman Britain.

Five skeletal remains were uncovered, which are thought to be unique as they are buried near a Roman villa, making it likely that the skeletons belonged to the owners and occupants of the villa. This is the first time in Britain that the graves of villa owners have been found in such close proximity to the villa itself.

The finds have received extensive media coverage, which can be viewed below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-28105704

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/10943259/Roman-skeleton-discovery-could-rewrite-British-history.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2679231/Graves-wealthy-Romans-unearthed-students-Hugely-significant-remains-buried-grounds-1-700-year-old-villa.html

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/11317888.VIDEO__Five_skeletons_uncovered_during_big_dig_near_Roman_Villa/

http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/pictures/PHOTOS-Dorset-Big-Dig-uncovers-unique-Roman/pictures-21309167-detail/pictures.html

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