The findings will be published in the Cambridge Archaeological JournalJohn Walsh/Wikimedia Commons

Human remains have been found under Lucy Cavendish College during an ongoing archaeological excavation, the College has announced.

The remains of two people were found in a Roman “inhumation burial,” while part of a Roman road was found on the Eastern side of the site.

The human remains will be studied in a lab to “gain some understanding of their age, gender and diet.”

The College has stated that the remains “have been excavated with the due care and respect that human burials require.”

“Romans typically buried their dead beside roads outside of their settlements” the College’s statement reads, “and so the presence of these burials is not unexpected.”

Other findings include pots and ditches as well as a “large quantity of Roman pottery and a metal vessel”. X-ray scans of the artefacts have been conducted and they will soon be excavated in a lab.


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Upon the completion of the excavations, the findings will be analysed and written up in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

The excavations are being conducted ahead of the College’s construction of Passivhaus, a new student accommodation development.

A plan for hand excavation and recording will be completed over the next two weeks after agreement with Cambridgeshire County Council. Finds and environmental samples will then be further analysed.