Romans lose their heads

An unusual cemetery at The Mount, York

Principal Author: Kurt Hunter-Mann


Excavations at 6 Driffield Terrace, off The Mount, York during 2005-6 revealed part of the Roman cemetery known from previous discoveries in and around The Mount. At least twenty-three inhumation burials and one cremation were found; most if not all were adult males. At least sixteen of the burials had been decapitations, which is a remarkably large proportion for Roman cemeteries in Britain. Also of note were several multiple burials and the deposition of large quantities of animal bone (mostly horse) with the burials. The burials are thought to date to the later 2nd century and the 3rd century, perhaps continuing into the 4th century.


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