Skeletons found on building site

VIDEO A grizzly sight greeted walkers in Ipswich today after archaeological work uncovered a skeleton in the town centre.The human remains, along with coins, pots, animal bones and a storage space were discovered below ground-level by Fore Street in the site of a former graveyard.

A GRIZZLY sight greeted walkers in Ipswich today after archaeological work uncovered a skeleton in the town centre.

The human remains, along with coins, pots, animal bones and a storage space were discovered below ground-level by Fore Street in the site of a former graveyard.

The land, behind the Lord Nelson pub, is currently being dug, cleared and searched before new accommodation designed for students is built on top of it.

Rod Gardener, senior project officer with Suffolk County Council's archaeology service, said: “It is not surprising to find a skeleton because we are right next to a church and before it would have extended to this area.

“In fact it is difficult to dig a hole in a town centre and not find anything.

“What we have found here gives a snapshot of what this area would have been used for.”

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Mr Gardener said he thought the extended graveyard of the still-standing St Clement's Church dated from around 1400AD.

It is believed that slightly later in the medieval period the land was then used as an area for rubbish with various unwanted remains found.

The archaeological work at the site where the artefacts were discovered began at the beginning of last week and is expected to last until the end of next week.

The finds, including the bones and at least one old coin, will now be sent to experts for pinpoint dating and to find if they offer any archaeological value.

Have you made a surprising find? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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