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Fifty skeletons found in Somerset can be native British enslaved by the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago

Fifty skeletons dating back more than 2,000 years discovered in Somerset may belong to native Britons enslaved by the invading Roman Empire.

Initial reports claimed that the bodies were high-ranking members of society, but it is now believed that they were unpaid workers who worked for the rich and powerful.

Researchers believe that each grave contained a single body, with adults and children buried in the site, and many were buried with nail boots.

The remains were discovered by construction workers who built a school.

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Fifty skeletons (pictured) dating back more than 2,000 years discovered in Somerset may belong to native Britons enslaved by the invading Roman Empire. Initial reports claim that the bodies were high-ranking members of society, but this is now disputed.

Fifty skeletons (pictured) dating back more than 2,000 years discovered in Somerset may belong to native Britons enslaved by the invading Roman Empire. Initial reports claim that the bodies were high-ranking members of society, but this is now disputed.

The exact date of the skeletons is unknown, as their studies are still ongoing, but early estimates indicate that the remains are as old as 43AD, the date of the Roman invasion of Britain.

The exact date of the skeletons is unknown, as their studies are still ongoing, but early estimates indicate that the remains are as old as 43AD, the date of the Roman invasion of Britain.

The exact date of the skeletons is unknown, as their studies are still ongoing, but early estimates indicate that the remains are as old as 43AD, the date of the Roman invasion of Britain.

The new school will be built on the site of the former King Ina Junior and Infants’.

“This site is a significant discovery: the most complete modern excavation of a Roman cemetery in Somerset,” said archaeologist Steve Membery of the South West Heritage Trust, who has overseen the excavations.

‘The application of technology that includes aerial drones and techniques such as isotope and ancient DNA analysis offers great opportunities to get to know the life of the Roman population of Somerton.

‘The individuals evidently had some status in the native society.

“Burials also show early adoption of Roman burial practices, such as offerings along with the traditional characteristics of the Iron Age.”

In a separate statement provided to Live science, revealed that high-ranking natives may have been enslaved by the Romans.

“They are very likely to be domestic servants, farm workers, and many may have been technically slaves,” said Membery.

“So, this is a rare opportunity to study a sample of a community.”

Burials included adults and children with some valuables in the graves, including pottery and brooches.

Burials included adults and children with some valuables in the graves, including pottery and brooches. Each tomb contained a single body, with adults and children buried at the site, and many were buried with nail boots, researchers say

Burials included adults and children with some valuables in the graves, including pottery and brooches. Each tomb contained a single body, with adults and children buried at the site, and many were buried with nail boots, researchers say

Burials included adults and children with some valuables in the graves, including pottery and brooches. Each tomb contained a single body, with adults and children buried at the site, and many were buried with nail boots, researchers say

Excavations also revealed other Roman relics in addition to the bodies, including vestiges of round Iron Age houses, field systems and a Roman building (pictured)

Excavations also revealed other Roman relics in addition to the bodies, including vestiges of round Iron Age houses, field systems and a Roman building (pictured)

Excavations also revealed other Roman relics in addition to the bodies, including vestiges of round Iron Age houses, field systems and a Roman building (pictured)

Somerset County Councilwoman Faye Purbrick, a member of the Cabinet for Education and Transformation, said: “The findings are both exciting and extraordinary, providing us with valuable information about the early history of Somerset.”

The shape of the burials was unusual and sheds light on the transition between the Iron Age and Roman society.

The exact date of the skeletons is unknown, since studies are ongoing, but early estimates indicate that the remains are as old as 43AD.

The graves were excavated in the bedrock and lined with stone curbs to create a structure similar to a coffin and sealed with flat slabs.

Excavations also revealed other Roman relics in addition to the bodies, including traces of round Iron Age houses, field systems and a Roman building.

The work in the new school of 420 students had to be delayed while Wessex Archeology experts dug the site and unearthed the discoveries.

Construction will resume after a brief archaeological recess this month.

Somerset County Councilwoman Faye Purbrick, a member of the Cabinet for Education and Transformation, said: ‘The findings are both exciting and extraordinary and give us valuable information about the early history of Somerset.

‘We can understand much more about the life of the Romans in Somerton thanks to these discoveries.

The site's archeology has been carefully compiled for further scientific analysis and the full findings about skeletons and artifacts in the graves will be published in due course, archaeologists say.

The site's archeology has been carefully compiled for further scientific analysis and the full findings about skeletons and artifacts in the graves will be published in due course, archaeologists say.

The site’s archeology has been carefully compiled for further scientific analysis and the full findings about skeletons and artifacts in the graves will be published in due course, archaeologists say.

The work in the new school of 420 students had to be delayed while Wessex Archeology experts dug the site and unearthed the discoveries.

The work in the new school of 420 students had to be delayed while Wessex Archeology experts dug the site and unearthed the discoveries.

The work in the new school of 420 students had to be delayed while Wessex Archeology experts dug the site and unearthed the discoveries.

“Our team has an excellent history of delivering fantastic new schools and, although we prefer to avoid any delay, I believe that students, parents and teachers will understand it in this case, given the scale and importance of the archaeological finds here.” .

“The children have already had the opportunity to visit the site in the hope of inspiring some future archaeologists and I am sure they will be excited to continue learning more about this special site.”

The archeology of the site has been carefully compiled for further scientific analysis.

In due course, a full report of the findings will be published, according to the people who unearthed the site.

The graves were dug in the bedrock and lined with stone curbs to create a coffin-like structure and sealed with flat slabs and many contained other elements, including pottery (pictured)

The graves were dug in the bedrock and lined with stone curbs to create a coffin-like structure and sealed with flat slabs and many contained other elements, including pottery (pictured)

The graves were dug in the bedrock and lined with stone curbs to create a coffin-like structure and sealed with flat slabs and many contained other elements, including pottery (pictured)

When did the Romans occupy Britain?

55 BC – Julius Caesar crossed the canal with about 10,000 soldiers. They landed in a Pegwell Bay on the island of Thanet and were received by a British force. César was forced to retire.

54 BC – César crossed the canal again in his second attempt to conquer Britain. He arrived with 27,000 infantry and cavalry and landed in Deal, but had no opposition. They marched inland and after hard battles defeated the British and the key tribal leaders surrendered.

However, later that year, Caesar was forced to return to Gaul to deal with the problems there and the Romans left.

54BC – 43BC – Although there were no Romans present in Britain during these years, their influence increased due to commercial ties.

43AD – A 40,000 Roman force led by Aulo Plautius landed in Kent and took the southeast. Emperor Claudius arrived in Colchester with reinforcements. Claudius appointed Plautio as governor of Great Britain and returned to Rome.

In 43 AD, a Roman force (artist impression) of 40,000 led by Aulo Plautio landed in Kent and took the southeast. Emperor Claudius arrived in Colchester with reinforcements.

In 43 AD, a Roman force (artist impression) of 40,000 led by Aulo Plautio landed in Kent and took the southeast. Emperor Claudius arrived in Colchester with reinforcements.

In 43 AD, a Roman force (artist impression) of 40,000 led by Aulo Plautio landed in Kent and took the southeast. Emperor Claudius arrived in Colchester with reinforcements.

47AD – Londinium (London) was founded and Britain was declared part of the Roman Empire. Road networks were built throughout the country.

50AD – The Romans came to the southwest and left their mark in the form of a wooden fort on a hill near the Exe River. A town was created on the site of the fortress decades later and is called Isca.

When the Romans left and the Saxons ruled, all the ex-Roman cities were called “ceaster.” This was called ‘Exe Ceaster’ and a merger of this eventually resulted in Exeter.

75 – 77 AD – The Romans defeated the last resistant tribes, turning all of Britain into Roman. Many Britons began adopting Roman customs and laws.

122AD – Emperor Hadrian ordered that a wall be built between England and Scotland to keep the Scottish tribes away.

312AD – Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.

228 AD – The Romans were being attacked by barbarian tribes and soldiers stationed in the country began to be called to Rome.

410AD – All Romans were called to Rome and the Honorable Emperor told the British that they no longer had a connection with Rome.

Source: History on the net

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