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Skeletons unearthed by Gloucester Linkages workmen

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The skeletons were found at Kimbrose Triangle. (Copyright Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service)

Two complete skeletons thought to date back to medieval times have been dug up by workmen in Gloucester.

The team was working on a £7m project to improve access between the city centre and the new Quays complex when the remains were unearthed on Tuesday.

The adult skeletons were uncovered, along with the remnants of a coffin, in the city's Kimbrose Triangle.

They will not be displayed and will instead be given a respectful reburial after they are examined.

Nigel Edgeworth, manager for the Gloucester Linkages project, said: "We were putting in the foundations for a wall when we came across the two skeletons.

"The minute we go below half a metre we have an archaeologist watching us. It is very exciting from a historical point of view and adds more to the picture of Gloucester's history."

The figures were originally thought to be Roman, as pottery fragments dating back to that era were found in the same area.

But experts said the coffin burial suggested they were medieval.

The figures will be examined by an osteoarchaeologist in York in a bid to identify further details, such as their sex.

The Gloucester Linkages team is now working on other areas of the project while the bones are examined.



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