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Roman skeleton found in Weston
The dig team at Weston College, Lyn Hume (l), Donna Young and Peter Janick.
The dig team consists of Lyn Hume (l), Donna Young and Peter Janick.

A Roman skeleton has been found following an archaeological dig at the Knightstone Campus of Weston College.

The well preserved adult bones were discovered, curled up in a crouched position, in a shallow pit dug in the sand just outside the wall.

The excavation also revealed stone foundations of a large Roman building.

Finds of pottery, animal bone and coins confirm the building was used as a dwelling and occupied between the 2nd to 4th Centuries AD.

The dig - at the site of the proposed extension to the Hans Price building - has been funded by Weston College and directed by Andrew Young of Avon Archaeological Unit Ltd (AAU), whose team of archaeologists have been on site for the past six weeks.

Andrew said: "We are not yet sure whether the remains of the Roman inhabitant are male or female but the lengthy task of analysing all the finds will soon begin.

"The digging work is now coming to an end but it is the analysis of the excavated finds which will really begin to reveal the story of the site and its Roman inhabitants who lived close to the shoreline at Weston Super Mare some 1800 years ago."

'Planning permission'

The archaeological excavation forms part of planning permission conditions to extend the existing Hans Price Building, adjacent to the Knightstone Campus.

An archaeological trench opened on the site by the team last year located part of the Roman building plus a large boundary ditch alongside.

The trench confirmed observations made in 1964 by amateur archaeologist Sergeant George Rodgers during the digging of a new drainage pit, who noted the presence of buried Roman remains and finds preserved within a deep sequence of wind blown sands.

Andrew added: "The house was built close to the shoreline in an area of extensive sand dunes and there is evidence it may have been sited alongside an inlet or creek.

"A line of very large limestone boulders had been carried to the site and placed just outside the outer edge of the ditch.

"The reason for this is not yet clear but they could have formed part of a windbreak as well as being used for tying up boats."

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