Skeleton could go to museum

PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 July 2011

View of Weston College

View of Weston College

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A ROMAN skeleton unearthed in Weston could soon be donated to North Somerset Museum for a display on the history of the town.

The skeleton, along with coins and stone foundations, were found during a six-week excavation at Weston College’s Knightstone Campus two years ago.

The items provided archaeologists with the first clear evidence of a Roman settlement in the town.

However, the college decided not to commission a study on the finds, instead leaving it in the hands of the Avon Archaeological Unit.

But this week, the college has said it will open discussions about possibly giving the items to the town’s museum in Burlington Street.

A spokesman said: “Questions on the whereabouts of the skeleton have prompted us to consider getting in touch with the museum to see if they want it for a display.”

The dig, carried out in South Terrace in 2009, found unearthed walls and clay floors as well as the fully preserved skeleton in a burial crouched position outside the foundations.

Tests later showed the skeleton belonged to a slender man aged between 35 and 45, probably a slave due to its starved and diseased end of life.

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