Copyright 2005

[ April 15th 2005 ]

A team of British archaeologists has uncovered yet more remains thought to belong to an early Roman settlement in York. The skeletons, numbering 50 adults and 7 children, are being excavated by the York Archaeological Trust at a site in Driffield Terrace, reports The Yorkshire Post. Archaeologists are now confident the bodies will provide perhaps the clearest indication yet on the Roman attitude to death.

Experts believe the Romans may have beheaded corpses to release the human spirit, which they believed was contained in the head. Mike Griffiths, a consultant archaeologist for the developers, Shepherd Homes, discovered the 57th body - the first his team has unearthed. "The latest finds could prove to be very important," he said. "The last time anything was found on a similar scale was in the Victorian times, but the finds were often not recorded correctly and have been lost through the passage of time."

"These skeletons could provide us with the clearest indication yet as to how the Romans treated death and the passage to the afterlife." Griffiths concludes.

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