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Skeletons dug up after cemetery find at housing construction site

PUBLISHED: 16:55 10 January 2018

Bloor Homes' development at Arnolds Way has seen human remains uncovered.

Bloor Homes' development at Arnolds Way has seen human remains uncovered.

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Human skeletons have been dug up for archeological examination at a housing construction site.

Building work began at Arnolds Way two years ago. Building work began at Arnolds Way two years ago.

Homes are being built off Arnolds Way in Yatton, on a site which was partly used for Roman burials more than 1,000 years ago.

Excavations of the cemetery are underway and ongoing.

Bloor Homes, which has outline permission to build about 250 homes over two phases, says it is working with North Somerset Council on the find.

Its spokesman said: “Among the finds is a cemetery of currently indeterminate date, containing a number of inhumations.

“Despite many of these burials having now been excavated, there are no identified grave goods or associated datable artefacts.

“Due to the local geology, the skeletons are in varying states of survival, with some only partially preserved and many more apparently entirely dissolved since their original deposition.

“These works are being undertaken on phase two of the development and do not impact on the current phase or the planned construction start on phase two.”

Bloor Homes has already built a large part of its first phase and is awaiting detailed plans for its second to get the green light.

The second phase is proposed to be divided into three sections: one for housing, a second for a care village and a third plot left vacant for the council to build a primary school. The green light to allocate £4million in funding to the latter was agreed in November.

The archeological find has attracted a large amount of interest within Yatton.

A council spokesman said: “Sites such as this are not usually publicised while archaeological investigations are under way, to ensure sufficient recording is carried out and the archaeology is not disturbed by anyone who is not a competently trained archaeologist.

“There are discussions with the developer’s agents and archaeological consultants about access to the public, and unfortunately this is not possible at the moment due to a number of constraints. However, there will be an arrangement in place to share the findings with the local community and potentially showcase some of the finds in the local area once the investigations are complete.”

Bloor Homes stated back in 2015, when it first was seeking planning permission, that Roman artefacts are believed to be buried off Arnolds Way.

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