Hereford & Worcester

Roman era remains are re-interred in Herefordshire

The remains of nine adults and children from the Roman era and the early middle ages have been re-buried.

The skeletons and cremations were recovered from farmland close to the River Frome, Herefordshire, during excavations in 2007.

The remains, which include an adult male radiocarbon dated to between 10 and 210 AD, went to Durham University for analysis.

A service was held at St Lawrence's Church, Stretton Grandison.

Sword wounds

The church is close to where the remains were found.

An oak coffin in which one of the men was buried, and which is reasonably well preserved, will be exhibited at Hereford City Museum at a later date.

Other remains included those of a young man, found with sword wounds and dated to sometime between 550 and 660 AD.

The excavations were carried out on behalf of Welsh Water as part of a Hereford to Ledbury water pipeline refurbishment scheme.

A plaque marking the location of the finds will also be put up at a later date.