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Bones mystery at site of Kent Roman base

Bone man invasion: One of the skeletons found at a Roman army supply depot in Kent PICTURE: SWNS

SKELETONS dating back thousands of years have been discovered on a building site along with the remains of a Roman military base.

The bronze and iron age bones found at a development near Canterbury are now being examined by experts at the University of Kent, who are seeking to precisely date them and understand why they were buried there.

Objects thought to date back to the Roman occupation more than 2,000 years ago, at the end of the iron age, include bits of pottery and glass.

Dr Paul Wilkinson, whose team is leading the dig at Aylesham, said: ‘It will be some time before we know much more about the skeletons and their graves. However, the other items we have found have helped to fill in some big gaps in our knowledge of post-invasion Roman life.

‘We are quite certain we have discovered what was a military supply depot. This would have been set up a year or two after the Romans invaded Britain and we believe would have been manned by soldiers.

‘Not all of them would have been fighting men but specialists in a range of support roles, including infrastructure tasks.

‘At the centre of the site were three kilns for firing pottery which suggest the Romans were mass producing everyday items quickly and efficiently.’