1   Skeleton 1188: Cathedral Context

Human remains were recovered from the chapter house of Worcester Cathedral, during excavations carried out by Worcestershire County Council Archaeological Service. Several graves were excavated from within the Chapter House that are thought to date to the fourteenth or fifteenth century. At this time, the Catherdral served as the focus of a monastic community, which was dissolved in 1540.

 

Skeleton 1188 was subject to osteological analysis prior to reburial. This individual was discovered to have been interred in a stone cyst. The remains were well preserved - even a pair of leather boots worn by the individual had survived! Osteological analysis was carried out to determine the age, sex and stature of this individual and also to discover any pathological changes in the bones or teeth.



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