Monday, February 18, 2008


Skull and remains found in river


February 18, 2008

A SKULL and other human remains have been found by a worker from the Environment Agency while dredging the River Lark.

The police were called in but it soon became clear that the remains dated back hundreds of years.

The remains are probably medieval in origin, dating from between AD1066 and 1540, although they could be from an even earlier period, Roman or Saxon.

Ryan Ely, team leader in charge of the dredging operation, said: “Although we had not really expected to find any remains we had taken advice from Suffolk County Council's archaeological service before we started dredging, just in case there was a possibility of turning up something of interest.

“Dragline operator, Simon Wenn, was on the alert and, after his grim discovery, turned to the archaeological service once the police had given us the all-clear. We believe this find to be an excellent example of co-operation and we were more than pleased to oblige when the council's archaeologists, Will Fletcher and Colin Pendleton, asked to undertake more work at the site.”

More bones, including those from a juvenile and a 14th century metal buckle were also recovered during the work.

The circumstances of the adult's death remain unclear - though there was a battle at Fornham in 1173. There have been other finds from Suffolk rivers in the past but this is the first find from the area for several years.


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