Romans rise again as ancient bones discovered in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 17:31 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:09 22 June 2015

Roman bones presesnted to curator of Saffron Walden Museum, Carolyn Wingfield, by CSI  Hilary Miller

Roman bones presesnted to curator of Saffron Walden Museum, Carolyn Wingfield, by CSI Hilary Miller


Roman bones discovered in Saffron Walden have been handed over to the town’s museum.

Crime scene investigator Hilary Miller handed over the ancient bones, found at a building development in Debden Road, to Saffron Walden Museum.

After the initial discovery, an examination by a field archaeology expert from Essex County Council confirmed that the bones were human and from “beyond living memory”.

Roman and late Iron Age artefacts had previously been found on the opposite side of Debden Road. This, combined with the condition of the bones, indicates the remains may date back to the Roman period, experts said.

Ms Miller said: “I am happy that we can present this find to the museum and hope that this will be a valuable contribution to the collection, and will assist in educating visitors of Essex’s rich Roman and Saxon history.”

Carolyn Wingfield, curator of Saffron Walden Museum, added: “The museum is delighted to add these Roman human remains to our study collection where they’ll contribute, eventually, to future research.

“There’s relatively little material from the Roman period coming from Saffron Walden sites, so any addition is going to be of interest to us and we are very grateful to Essex Police for handing over these remains.”

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