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Roman skeleton found in Sleaford

Roman skeleton found in Sleaford

Builders working on a site in Sleaford have discovered an entire human skeleton buried in the ground.

The find happened at North Kesteven District Council's Hopland's development.

As well as finding the skeleton, Roman pottery was also unearthed, as well as rubbish pits and drinking wells.

Gavin Glover, who is leading the excavations on site said: "Sleaford was a very large and important settlement in the Roman period."

Roman well discovered on the Hopland's site in Sleaford
These exciting discoveries have provided tantalising glimpses into Sleaford's Roman past.
Gavin Glover

North Kesteven District Council is currently working with archaeologists to record the find and move the skeleton and pottery to a safe location.

The archaeological excavations are being carried out by Network Archaeology Limited for Naomi Field Archaeological Consultancy, on behalf of North Kesteven District Council.

Sleaford has a rich history, and during the late Iron Age the area was a major centre for a local tribe known as the Corieltauvi. Following the Roman conquest in the 1st century AD, Sleaford became a notable Roman town. The wells would have been used for providing clean drinking water, and their discovery was completely unexpected.

North Kesteven District Councillor with responsibility for housing and heritage, Councillor Stewart Ogden, said: "These interesting finds have provided glimpses into Sleaford's Roman past, allowing archaeologists to examine part of the Roman town."

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