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Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Ancient burial urns uncovered at St Albans King Harry Park site
Archaeologists have found an entrance to the Iron Age tribal capital of Verlamion, precursor to the Roman city of Verulamium, and five urns, several holding cremated remains, dating back 2,000 years.
The ancient items were discovered at former school playing fields on King Harry Lane, currently being transformed into 150 homes.
One of the conditions of approval for the Linden Homes development was that archaeologists could investigate the site before it was built upon.
The urns have been dubbed King Harry one, two, three, four and five in honour of their burial location.
Andy Hood, archaeologist at Foundations Archaeology, Swindon, explained that the urns were found packed in soil and placed vertically at an entrance to Verlamion, which is modern day St Albans.
He said: “They probably date back to the conquest period – the Roman conquest of AD43. I would describe it as of national importance, and a significant find.”
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