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A thousand year old skeleton has been unearthed on the site of new apartments in York city centre, with artefacts dating from the first century Roman period to the medieval 13th century discovered nearby. Experts claim the findings at Spurriergate are the most important in the area since the discovery of a Viking helmet at nearby Coppergate 1982. The discovery took two years to unearth and excavation had to run alongside the site demolition and excavation programme by Yorkshire contractor Quarmby Construction.

Redevelopment of the site will be completed in early 2006.

. The Institute of Field Archaeologists is calling for papers on archaeology and civil engineering for its annual conference at Edinburgh University on 11 April. Contact: Peter Barker ppb@stratascan. co. uk

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