Human Bones of Medieval Period Discovered

Medieval bones discovered under road close to historic castle captured during rebellion against King John

Human bones presumed to belong to the medieval era have been discovered buried under a road and electrical engineers working for National Grid discovered the bone at the time of the excavation of the road in Hertford, Hertfordshire.

Earlier reports have indicated that the bones had been found in a bin bag and police had considered it as a crime scene at the site, but archaeologists as well as forensic experts on examining the remains have confirmed that they were many hundred years old.

It is believed that the bones comprising of a femur, rib bone, a lower jaw as well as part of the skull could have been an ancient burial site but a black plastic bin bag found with the bones indicate that they could have been shifted there.

The mass burial (shown) is strikingly different to other individual graves at the cemetery and could shed light on the catastrophic epidemic which wiped out a fifth of London’s population in 1665

Display in the Hertford Museum

The bones which had been excavated in the area opposite the library in Hertford’s Old Cross location will now be displayed in the Hertford Museum. This site is said to be around 350 yards from Hertford Castle and was built by King Edward the Elder in 912 AD and later on captured by Louis, Dauphin of France in 1217 at the time of the Barons rebellion against King John.

It is expected that the archaeologists may be capable of gathering more information with regards to whom they could belong to. Gerry McDonald, Chief Inspector Police from Hertfordshire had stated that `they have been working closely with experts to find the origin of these bones’. Result of this work would help them in confirming the bones date to the medieval period.

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