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Ancient Bones

Ancient Bones

An archaeologist digging in a building site next to Reading Minster has unearthed a skeleton in what she thinks is a medieval grave.

The find was made as Lindum began their work on a site owned by the Oxford Diocese behind the Allied Arms pub off St Mary’s Butts.

Two weeks ago archaeologist Diana King dug out a small inspection trench and found the skeleton.

She explained: “We were able to establish that it was an articulated burial, that is one which had not been disturbed before.”

She said pottery found in the area suggested it was a medieval grave.

The grave has been covered up but further archaeological work on the grave and the site will continue.

Mrs King, director of Foundations Archaeology, said: “More interestingly we have uncovered parts of a medieval wall which can still be seen.”

Area Dean of Reading, Canon Brian Shenton, in charge of Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin – one of the town’s few Grade I-listed buildings – had hoped the skeleton would prove to be both Saxon and female.

He said: “There was a convent on the site in Saxon times before the Minster was built and that might have meant the skeleton was one of the nuns.”

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