Archaeologists discover spine of skeleton in Chester


Staff reporter (Chester First)

PART of a skeleton has been unearthed close to a housing block for vulnerable people.

A spine was discovered by archaeologists at the Almshouses in Blue Coat Square, off Upper Northgate Street in Chester, where a medieval hospital was once located.

The team was called in by site-owners Chester Municipal Charities to check for buried artefacts ahead of planned work to install a new access ramp.

It is the fifth body discovered at the site, but many more are believed to remain hidden beneath the old Hospital of St John the Baptist, founded in 1190 but demolished in the 15th century.

Blair Poole, of L-P: Archaeology, said: “It's not surprising to make finds like this at that site but it's still exciting.”

The bone was found last week by archaeologists George Lacey and Heidi Archer, for whom the find had a special significance.

Mr Poole said: “The building used to be the old archaeology department for the University of Chester, and Heidi studied archaeology in that very same building.”

The ‘skeleton’ is located outside the proposed ramp area and will be covered up to ensure it remains undisturbed.

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