Pre-Roman skeleton discovered in Sutton Street, Norton

Gazette & Herald: Archaeologist Chris Pole with the skeleton found under Sutton Street in Malton Archaeologist Chris Pole with the skeleton found under Sutton Street in Malton

WORKMEN digging up a street in a North Yorkshire town discovered a skeleton which dates back to pre-Roman times.

A team from Yorkshire Water were digging a hole for a new sewer in Sutton Street, Norton, to help prevent flooding in the area, when they noticed a bone about ten feet down.

Karl Nagy, project manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “We were really lucky that the skeleton was right in the corner of the hole rather than chopping part of it off.

“According to our archaeologist, the fact it’s a Roman town and the way she was laid out suggests pre-Roman.

“He thinks it is a woman as well, due to the bones.”

The skeleton was found on Monday, and work was stopped to allow the archaeologist to take a look at the site and for the body to be removed.

It will go for testing, and will eventually be reburied.

Mr Nagy said: “Work had to be suspended while this took place but all the local residents have been out and had a look and seemed to be quite thrilled that we had found something in their road.

“We phoned the head master and the history department of Norton College, as we thought it was a great opportunity and they dropped their studies and came straight over.”

Work is set to continue on the site into the New Year.

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12:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Dick Turpin says...

More exciting than those boring christmas lights
More exciting than those boring christmas lights Dick Turpin

1:26pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Daley Mayall says...

It's not a former King or Queen of England perchance, is it?
It's not a former King or Queen of England perchance, is it? Daley Mayall

1:58pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bo Jolly says...

Daley Mayall wrote:
It's not a former King or Queen of England perchance, is it?
Pre-Roman. No such thing as 'England' - no bigger political unit than a 'tribe' at that time in (geographical) Britain. Nationhood is quite a recent development in human history, despite the emphasis placed on it by your namesake newspaper!
[quote][p][bold]Daley Mayall[/bold] wrote: It's not a former King or Queen of England perchance, is it?[/p][/quote]Pre-Roman. No such thing as 'England' - no bigger political unit than a 'tribe' at that time in (geographical) Britain. Nationhood is quite a recent development in human history, despite the emphasis placed on it by your namesake newspaper! Bo Jolly

2:12pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Bury it at Leicester Cathedral...?
Bury it at Leicester Cathedral...? Ignatius Lumpopo

2:17pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Halifaxbomber says...

I take it the jaw bones were worn down, thars how to tell if its a woman
I take it the jaw bones were worn down, thars how to tell if its a woman Halifaxbomber

2:38pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Firedrake says...

Could be Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes!
Could be Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes! Firedrake

10:27am Thu 5 Dec 13

SR0843 says...

The fingers were worked to the bone; that's how they knew it was a woman's skeleton.
The fingers were worked to the bone; that's how they knew it was a woman's skeleton. SR0843

11:21am Thu 5 Dec 13

dctyke says...

1st thing she asked on being discovered.......... 'Is the community stadium at mx built yet?'
1st thing she asked on being discovered.......... 'Is the community stadium at mx built yet?' dctyke

10:32pm Thu 5 Dec 13

RoseD says...

That's a really robust mandible. Long clavs; I'd lean at first glance to male. The neck has an issue; even w teeth in the dentition, could be older male. Head of humerus is fused; iliac crest fused; so visible skeletal elements have matured. Head of the femur looks 45+mm. If it was an older person that may explain the somewhat roundish aspects to back of skull, and due to pic can't see brow ridge. My wild guess? older male.
That's a really robust mandible. Long clavs; I'd lean at first glance to male. The neck has an issue; even w teeth in the dentition, could be older male. Head of humerus is fused; iliac crest fused; so visible skeletal elements have matured. Head of the femur looks 45+mm. If it was an older person that may explain the somewhat roundish aspects to back of skull, and due to pic can't see brow ridge. My wild guess? older male. RoseD

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