Roman cemetery found in Leicester

Roman cemetery found in Leicester

The archaeological unit of the University of Leicester, who discovered the tomb of King Richard III, have found a roman cemetery in a UK car park.

Such a discovery is thought dates from 300 years after Christ and personal items such as hairpins, rings, remains of shoes and even a belt buckle have been found in it. Among the objects found, the presence of a ring that apparently shows a monogram whose meaning is the initials of Christ in Greek stands out, an early Christian symbol known as Iota-Chi (IX).

Archaeologists have also found at the site that Christians had been buried alongside pagans, something not common with other cemeteries.

Total 13 burials of different ages have been found and sex on Oxford Street, 130 meters from the South Roman Gate because Roman law prohibited the creation of cemeteries within the city walls.

During the excavations that have been carried out previously, other cemeteries which were developed under the Christian religion, buried in a supine position, facing east and some of them with grave goods.

In the recently discovered cemetery some were of the Christian religion but others seemed to indicate very different beliefs. Some of them presented a north-south orientation, placed in fetal positions and buried next to ceramic vessels used as offerings in the afterlife.

Excavations have added a lots of historical information about the city, helping in this way to build an image of medieval life that took place in the place.

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