British Archaeologists May Have Greater Chance to Study Human Bones

NewScientist.com: Archaeological excavations throughout Great Britain have unearthed and studied many human remains. Now they have received guidelines for reburial of bones discovered on digs. Researchers and construction workers in England are familiar with human bones. They often find them while excavating sites. Until recently, no guidelines existed on what to do with remains, and they were usually reinterred in Christian cemeteries. Now anthropologists hope that remains will be more accessible for study, rather than following examples such as Melbourn in Cambridgeshire where a number of Anglo-Saxon remains were reburied in Christian graves, despite the fact that they were most certainly pagan.

"Their research potential was massive," says archaeologist Corinne Duhig of the University of Cambridge, "but everybody caved in."

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