Prehistoric `Skeleton' on Site of Lost Abbey; Bones May Date Back 4,000 Years
Byline: Rachel Newton
A PREHISTORIC burial ground has been discovered by archaeologists excavating the site of a lost abbey in Cheshire.
Cremated fragments of human bone believed to date back as far as 4,000 years have been unearthed in the hamlet of Poulton near Chester.
They were discovered with broken pieces of pottery believed to be the container in which they were buried.
Scientific tests have confirmed the bone is human and work is now under way to excavate all the remains.
Archaeologists estimate the burial ground is about 22 metres in diameter and have excavated one third so far.
They say it could be the earliest burial ground ever unearthed in Cheshire.
Archaeologist Mike Emery said: ``The burial ground dates from between 2,300 BC and 1,000 BC. In the past we have discovered evidence hinting at prehistoric activity but this is a major find.
``The section excavated so far has probably been broken up by a plough so it is possible further remains may be found in intact pottery.
``Once the site has been fully excavated we will send the bone for dating and we should be able to find out how many people were buried here, their gender and ages.''
In law, the remains belong to the landowner Gerry Fair, a former Lord Mayor of Chester, although he has agreed any finds will go on permanent loan to the city. …