Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing EditorDate: 03 May 2013 Time: 09:07 AM ET
|The Roman cemetery unearthed in Leicester, England, included pagan and Christian burials, Here, a Christian burial being excavated.
CREDIT: University of Leicester Archaeological Services
Hidden beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, archaeologists have discovered a 1,700-year-old Roman cemetery that seemed to show no religious bias.
The new discovery, found at the junction of Newarke and Oxford Streets, includes numerous burials and skeletal remains from 13 individuals, both male and female of various ages. The cemetery is estimated to date back to around A.D. 300, according to University of Leicester archaeologists who led the dig.
“We have literally only just finished the excavation and the finds are currently in the process of being cleaned and catalogued so that they can then be analyzed by the various specialists,” John Thomas, archaeological project officer, told LiveScience in an email. [See Images of the Ancient Roman Cemetery]