The remains of more than 240 people, including children, were discovered on Tuesday by archaeologists working on the remains of a priory discovered under a former department store in Pembrokeshire in Wales.
The BBC said the find was called a “window into medieval Haverfordwest (the Wales region)” by experts who believe the remains are those of residents of a St Savior priory believed to have been founded by a order of Dominican monks in 1256. .
The “hugely significant” find was made under the old Ocky White Building which is believed to have closed in 2013 after occupying the site for nearly a century.
Site supervisor Andrew Shobbrook has been quoted as describing the priory as a “significant collection of buildings with dormitories, scriptoriums (or halls in medieval European monasteries devoted to writing)”. “It’s a pretty prestigious place to be buried. You have a range of people, from the wealthy to the general city dweller,” he said.
Experts are of the opinion that the cemeteries could have been used until the 18th century.
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They also believe that about half of the infant remains are indicative of a high death rate at that time. The bones will be analyzed for further details before being reburied.
Shobbrook said finding remains with head wounds indicated their involvement in battles with wounds from arrows or musket balls. “We know that the city was besieged in 1405 by Owain Glyndŵr and that they could be victims of this conflict.”
Archaeologist Gaby Lester, of the find, said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was involved in something so big,” adding that the site is an integral part of the history of Haverfordwest and Pembrokeshire.
According to the BBC, the site is being redeveloped to become a food store, bar and rooftop terrace.