|13 March 2015
Bronze Age burial discovered in Kenilworth
Kenilworth is a small Warwickshire (UK) town famed in the 16th Century for its connections with Queen Elizabeth I and her frequent visits to Kenilworth Castle to see her favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. It would appear though, that its history goes back much further than that.
Whilst foundation trenches were being dug for a new housing development in Clinton Lane, on the fringes of the town, Bryn Gethin, project officer with Archaeology Warwickshire, was surprised with what was uncovered. Mr Gethin is quoted as saying "I was looking for evidence of medieval settlement and was surprised to see what looked like cremated bone fragments in the side of a trench. Further investigation revealed the bones were underneath a type of prehistoric pot known as a collared urn".
The pot fragments have been dated at between 2,5000 BCE and 1800 BCE, putting them squarely in the Early Bronze Age. They will shortly be displayed in the town museum, within the walls of the castle.
Stuart Palmer, also from Archaeology Warwickshire, said "Although a few flint tools that are potentially older than this have previously been discovered in Kenilworth, this is certainly the earliest known human inhabitant of the area. It is possible the burial was originally covered by a mound that would have been prominent on the skyline but which has long since disappeared"
Edited from BBC News (26 February 2015)
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