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Our current archaeologist is Ian Milsted.
I'm really excited about being YAC's new resident archaeologist, and am ready and waiting for your questions!
I work for York Archaeological Trust, where I am the Project Manager overseeing excavations and archaeological surveys. I studied History at the University of Sussex, and then did a further Masters degree in Field Archaeology at the University of York.
I grew up surrounded by archaeology – first in Orkney, which is packed with Neolithic tombs, and then on other Scottish islands. Perhaps this encouraged me to be an archaeologist! I now live in York, which is also packed with archaeology and heritage.
I have worked on loads of different excavations. Probably the most memorable was a Roman cemetery... with loads of headless Romans! We think that the Romans buried in the cemetery had their heads cut off after they died. Many of them showed signs of violent injuries; one even looked like he had been bitten by a tiger! We now think that the cemetery might have been for gladiators... but we're still looking for the Roman amphitheatre in York where they might have fought!
I look forward to receiving your questions!!
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I live near Pontefract in Yorkshire. Recently near where I live some builders making houses found a grave with Roman soldiers in. My grandad was talking to one of the builders and he said they still had their armour on. Did this happen often?
Charlotte Wilson (age 9)
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This does sound unusual as armour was normally re-used or recycled, although there are a few examples of this practice in Roman Britain. It sounds like a remarkable discovery! In 2010, a complete set of Roman armour was found on a dig in Caerleon…
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