Dozens of skeletons found beneath hotel pool

The skeletons of more than 70 Roman soldiers and their families have been found under a hotel swimming pool.

Workers were stunned to dig up the bones at the former Newington Hotel in York.

Developer John Reeves said: “The skeletons were found under the old swimming pool, in what was an extension to the Roman burial ground.”

A spokesman for York Archaeological Trust said graves of 30 decapitated Romans had been found nearby in 2004.

The same spokesman further explained: “The property is adjacent to a cemetery excavated by L P Wenham in the 1950s – one of the first Romano-British burial grounds to be fully published in this country.”

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