The Human Bone Blog

Each season of excavation on Trendles Field brought its own surprises.  Not least were the discoveries of a small group of human burials in the bank of the semi-amphitheatre (more to come on this soon) and, a few seasons later, a rare Iron Age burial ground.

Thanks to all the hard work of our volunteers we now have time to do some additional smaller projects, such as looking in more detail at the Roman coin collection. On Thursday we also began the task of examining the people from the Iron Age burial ground.  This will involve a detailed look at each skeleton, taking a large number of measurements to work out the height and age of the person at their time of death and to look for signs of any injury they might have suffered.  Occasionally illness can also cause changes in the bones or teeth, creating a permanent record of the condition. Most of the Iron Age burials are of young people and for now we have roughly estimated that they were in the region of 12-16 years old when they died. Because of their age we don’t think it will be possible from visual analysis alone to tell whether they were male or female as the bones will not have changed sufficiently to differentiate between the sexes.

As we examine the skeletons we will keep a record of some of our findings in a blog under Trendles Topics – so check the link for any news!