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Second skeleton found at Roman dig site

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: February 06, 2010

  • CROUCH: The second skeleton found on the site.

  • ANOTHER FIND: Senior project officer Gavin Glover with the second skeleton found at The Hoplands site. Left, how the Echo reported the first find. Pictures: John Jenkins

  • Uncovered: One of three wells discovered at the roadside site.

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Another skeleton has been found along the route of a Roman road at the Hoplands building site in Lincolnshire.

It will join the first skeleton, dubbed Vivian by the archeologists who found him, in being examined for clues about Roman Sleaford.

Vivian and the newest addition to the finds are helping Network Archeology, who are controlling the site, build up a picture of the road-side community.

The Hoplands is in line to be a site for affordable housing made possible by funding won by North Kesteven District Council.

There will not be a delay in the building because the council factored in the time needed to deal with the exciting finds.

Councillor Stewart Ogden said: "We built this time into our plans for the site hoping to find some interesting historical artifacts.

"I am ecstatic about what has been uncovered, it emphasises Sleaford's extraordinary importance through all stages of history."

The second skeleton was buried in a crouching position, a far more common method of burial than the face-down approach taken with the first.

Senior project officer Gavin Glover said: "The second skeleton was not far away from the first but it was underneath the Roman road.

"At the moment we're looking at this as a roadside settlement, there are at least five buildings, which are probably houses, one on top of the other and three wells.

"These finds will help us get a lot more details about the status of the buildings and the people that were living there."

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