Leeds nostalgia: 2,000-year-old skull to go on display in Leeds

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Buried beneath the ground for more than 2,000, the skull of an Iron Age woman will go on display in Leeds later this month.

The woman’s remains were found on a patch of land beside A1 near Bramham during a series of archaeological digs in 2007 and 2008. Aged 45 or above, she was laid to rest alongside a man, who was 25-35, in the area of Wattle Syke.

They were buried together in what experts call a double crouched burial, where both bodies were drawn up into the foetal position and placed alongside each other, and both died around the first century AD. Whilst it’s impossible to say exactly why the pair were buried together, experts say it may well have been because they shared a special relationship or they were related.

Their remains will be part of the thought-provoking new Skeletons: Our Buried Bones exhibition opening at Leeds City Museum on September 22.

A UK touring exhibition will see 12 skeletons from Yorkshire and London displayed in Leeds City Museum’.

Others going on display will include the remains of a soldier discovered in a mass grave near the site of the Battle of Towton and a Medieval anchoress from Fishergate in York.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums said: “It’s inspiring to see Leeds City Museum welcoming such a bold and captivating exhibition which pushes the boundaries of heritage and culture and helps us to think more about the human stories behind our history.”