Roman skeletons unearthed at Viking House development

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Human remains have been dug up at the site of the Viking House development in Lincoln.

Bones, which archeologists believe date back to Roman times, were found on site over the past week.

Archaeologists have discovered an array of artefacts at the site including:

  • Cobbled roads
  • Medieval walls
  • Roman fire pits
  • Two Roman skeletons

The Viking House development, situated on Newland near the new One the Brayford site, is currently undergoing archeological works ahead of new student accommodation plans.

As previously reported, the City of Lincoln Council unanimously approved the plans, has seen the demolition of the Taste of Marrakesh restaurant and a new building incorporating a partially subterranean four and five storey building.

The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to reach completion by September 2019.

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments told CityX: “We engaged the City Archaeologist from the very beginning of the project to ensure we all worked constructively together.

“The area along Newland is known to have some burials etc but this particular spot was actually seen as low risk, however a number of Roman artefacts have been found.

“Due to the concentration on communication from day one we have managed to excavate swiftly and professionally – thanks to the excellent team at Network Archaeology who have had an average of 11 staff on site per day for the past month.

“This has caused a slight delay to one area of the programme but nothing like the scale it could have been. Thanks also to LGG Projects and UDCS Demolition for all going the extra mile and supporting the works.”

CityX spoke to Alastair Macintosh the City Archeologist who said: “The two skeletons found at the Viking House development are useful pieces of evidence to further determine the presence of a Roman Cemetery in the Newland area.

“This is after 30+ skeletons were found three years ago during the development of other student accommodation at 64 Newland.

“We are aware of four Roman Cemeteries in Lincoln, the most notable being around the Newport area which was a cemetery reserved for high status Romans at the top of the hill; this burial area on Newland at the bottom of the hill would likely have been for poor, common people, backed up by the lack of items buried with the bodies.”

The remains will now be taken away to be studied to find out more about them, gender, age and how they lived, which will all add to the larger picture of what Lincoln was like during the Roman Times.

You can find out more about Lincoln’s archeological heritage on the recently launched website by the City of Lincoln Council – Arcade which is the online heritage information and management system for the City of Lincoln.