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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 February, 2005, 13:16 GMT
Medieval cemetery finds on show
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Workmen found the remains while widening pavements
The discovery of a town's largest medieval burial site has been made the focus of a new museum exhibition.

In July 2004, workmen came across several human skeletons in Newbury, Berkshire, while widening pavements.

Archaeologists excavated the site at the junction of Newtown Road and Pound Street and uncovered 59 graves.

The West Berkshire Museum exhibition looks at the study of the remains, linked to the medieval religious complex of St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Experts from Oxford Archaeology have studied the skeletons to determine their age, sex and medical history.

A spokeswoman for West Berkshire Council said: "Not surprisingly for a hospital community, all of the examined skeletons displayed some disease.

"In many, multiple health problems were present. One particularly unfortunate individual had tuberculosis of the spine, a rampant abscess of one of his teeth and multiple congenital abnormalities, including an extra rib in his neck."

Workmen uncover medieval graves
04 Aug 04 |  Berkshire

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