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Leicester Archaeologists find 5000-year-old Human Remains

By Corinne Field 01/04/2004

Bones of a man and woman dating back to 3000BC have been found in a gravel pit in Leicestershire. The extraordinary find, including a skull, vertebrae and long bones, are the earliest human remains ever found in the county.

Not only that but a series of timber uprights for a footbridge dating back to AD500, remnants of the only early Anglo-Saxon bridge known in Britain, were uncovered at the same spot.

Both discoveries were made at a gravel quarry near Watermead Country Park, Birstall eight years ago by archaeologists from the University of Leicester but investigations and analysis of the finds have only just been completed.

Dr Patrick Clay, Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services said, "This is a remarkable discovery literally from the jaws of the gravel excavators."

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2nd April 2004ce
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