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Ancient skeletons found in dig

PUBLISHED: 13:18 25 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:43 03 March 2010

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed around 30 skeletons thought to date back to the 13th century in a dig in an Ipswich town centre building site.

The dig is taking place in Wolsey Street in what is thought to have been an old cemetery.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed around 30 skeletons thought to date back to the 13th century in a dig in an Ipswich town centre building site.

The dig is taking place in Wolsey Street in what is thought to have been an old cemetery.

A team of eight archaeologists are currently clearing the site in preparation for a new block of flats to be built there.

A number of graves have been uncovered, with some graves containing up to four bodies.

The site is thought to have been part of an old friary in Ipswich.

The bones found at the site are being collected and sent away for examination to try and establish details about the bodies.

The team, who have been working on the site for over two weeks, are due to continue their work until the end of next week.

The excavation work comes only weeks after builders digging foundation trenches for new homes in Murrills Road, Warren Heath, found four bones. Archaeologists believed the site could date back nine centuries and could contain hundreds of skeletons.

Along with sites like Sutton Hoo, and Suffolk's long links with historical invaders, Suffolk has proved to be one of the hotbeds for archaeological finds.

For more on the Wolsey Street find see tomorrow's Evening Star.

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