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Skull and bones find in dig at Westminster Abbey.

A SKULL forms part of a collection of bones that have been found among the stepped footings of Westminster Abbey's south transept.

The footings were built from Reigate stone between 1246 and1250, during the reign of Henry III, and back-filled with charnel material comprising mostly of femurs and skulls from earlier burials.

The square hole on the skull is likely from pick axes used to dig out the bones in the 13th century.

The area is currently being excavated during work to transform part of the 13thcentury Triforium into a new viewing and gallery area that will be open to the public for the first time.

As well as exhibiting historical objects, the new PS19m space will give visitors views over the abbey and Palace of Westminster.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2015
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