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Skeletons found by accident could have been criminals or soldiers

Twelve skeletons dating back to the time of Richard III have been found by accident by Northern Powergrid and their contractor Interserve.

The find, which dates back to the time of Richard III, is the first of its type to be found in the city Credit: Northern Powergrid

The first bones were discovered in November 2013 by Northern Powergrid and its contractor, Interserve, on Tadcaster Road, known locally as the Knavesmire.

A team of archaeologists remained present on site at all times and were called on to examine the find and start the process of carefully uncovering the skeletons. After initial excavations the team realised that this discovery was something very unusual.

Meticulous excavation in two trenches revealed 12 skeletons.

Unlike 15th century Christian burial practice, the skeletons were all together and weren’t facing East-West.

The Knavesmire was the site of York’s Tyburn, where convicted criminals were executed right up until 1802. Were these individuals criminals or could they have been Lancastrian soldiers?

They may have been captured in battle and brought to York for execution, possibly in the aftermath of the Battle of Towton during the Wars of the Roses, and their remains hastily buried near the gallows

– Ruth Whyte, Osteo-archaologist for York Archaeological Trust

Analysis and radiocarbon dating of two of the skeletons found that they could be dated to around the 1460s.

The skeletons were identified as male and mostly aged between 25 and 40 at the time of their death. Two had significant bone fractures which could be evidence of fighting, perhaps associated with professional soldiers.

The skeletons have been handed over to York Archaeological Trust to protect and preserve. Arrangements are also underway to exhibit one of the skeletons as part of the city’s Richard III Experience at Monk Bar in March.

Sally Simpson reports:

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Garry Forsyth, pictured on the right, got the job after submitting a 'selfie' with his application Credit: Garry Forsyth

Mr Forsyth was appointed after interviews with Chief Constable Justine Curran were held yesterday. It is hoped he will be able to take up his post sometime early in the summer.

Assistant Chief Constable Forsyth is a motivated and driven individual who will lead, inspire and help drive through the significant changes required to our structure, culture and performance in the future.

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I was hugely impressed by the feeling that everyone is really up for the challenges and opportunities ahead and determined to ensure that the public continue to get the service they deserve. I was also struck by the excellent partnerships in the area, that really excites me and I can’t wait to help build on that work.

– ACC Forsyth, Humberside Police

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