Excavation of Remains, Barry, Wales
The Vale of Glamorgan
Services (Technical Disciplines)
- Detailed Analysis
The Vale of Glamorgan council in Wales hired Rubicon Heritage Services to assess a road they wanted to be straightened.
The project led to the discovery of an extensive trove of archaeological artifacts and hundreds of graves dating back thousands of years. Rubicon discovered a Roman-era mercenary buried with his sword and a mysterious beheaded skeleton.
Rubicon is undertaking a detailed analysis of the remain, checking for family links to the bodies, signs of diseases or injuries, or clues about diets.
In one section of the five-mile road was a collection of Roman artifacts and several skeletons; One is believed to be a mercenary, buried with a large sword and a military broach, dated to the period that the Roman Empire fell apart in Britain. Nearby was another skeleton of a decapitated man, buried with his head by his feet.
In another excavated section of the road revealed a burial site from a later period that also raised many questions.
In the middle of a field lies a once-hidden medieval burial ground, uncovered by Rubicon, that holds 450 bodies.
Project Objectives/ Outcomes
Rubicon has released an e-book detailing the project called the “Five Mile Lane,” which describes what has been found so far, including Bronze Age cremations, an arrowhead, and a 3000-year-old roundhouse.
The detailed findings will be published at the end of 2022.
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