Construction workers building a school in Somerset unearth 50 early Roman ...

Construction workers building a school in Somerset have unearthed some of the earliest Roman burials ever found in Britain.  

A total of around 50 burial sites were discovered at the site in Somerton, Somerset and are thought to date back as far as 43AD, to the very dawn of the Roman period.

Each grave contained a single bod, with both adults and children buried at the site.  

The new school will replace King Ina Junior and Infants' and the archaeological haul has been described as 'significant' by archaeologists. 

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A total of 50 burial sites were discovered at the site in Somerton, Somerset and are thought to date back as far as 43AD in the early Roman period (pictured)

A total of 50 burial sites were discovered at the site in Somerton, Somerset and are thought to date back as far as 43AD in the early Roman period (pictured)

An exact date of the skeletons is unknown as they studies are still ongoing but early estimates date the remains as potentially as old as 43AD - the date of the Roman invasion of Britain

 An exact date of the skeletons is unknown as they studies are still ongoing but early estimates date the remains as potentially as old as 43AD - the date of the Roman invasion of Britain

The burials included both adults and children with a smattering of valuables in the graves,including pottery and brooches.

The form of the burials was unusual and sheds lights on the transition between Iron Age and Roman society.

An exact date of the skeletons is unknown as they studies are still ongoing but early estimates date the remains as potentially as old as 43AD - the date of the Roman invasion of Britain.  

The South West Heritage Trust has overseen the excavations and archaeologist Steve Membery said: 'This site is a significant discovery - the most comprehensive modern excavation of a Roman cemetery in Somerset.

'The application of technology including aerial drones and techniques such as isotope and ancient DNA analysis offers major opportunities for insights into the lives of the Roman population of Somerton.

'The individuals were evidently of some status in native society.

'The burials also show early adoption of Roman burial practices such as offerings alongside traditionally Iron Age characteristics.'

The graves were dug into the bedrock and lined with stone curbs to create a coffin-like structure and sealed with flat slabs.

The burials included both adults and children with a smattering of valuables in the graves,including pottery and brooches

The burials included both adults and children with a smattering of valuables in the graves,including pottery and brooches

The excavations also unveiled other Roman relics besides the bodies, including traces of Iron Age round houses, field systems and a Roman building (pictured)

The excavations also unveiled other Roman relics besides the bodies, including traces of Iron Age round houses, field systems and a Roman building (pictured)

Somerset County Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation, said: 'The findings are both exciting and extraordinary providing us with valuable insight into Somerset's early history'

Somerset County Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation, said: 'The findings are both exciting and extraordinary providing us with valuable insight into Somerset's early history'

The excavations also unveiled other Roman relics besides the bodies, including traces of Iron Age round houses, field systems and a Roman building.

Work on the new 420-pupil school had to be delayed while experts from Wessex Archaeology dug the site - and unearthed the discoveries.

Work on the school is set to resume following a short archaeological hiatus this month. 

Somerset County Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation, said: 'The findings are both exciting and extraordinary providing us with valuable insight into Somerset's early history.

'We will be able to understand so much more about the lives of Roman people in

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