Skin and Bones

 Preston exhumes its medieval past


Archaeologists have branded remains of a medieval burial site in Preston the “most significant excavation ever” in the city. Members of the team have now found 28 graves for men and children at the Marsh Lane site, thought to have been a friary between the 11th and 15th centuries.Lancaster-based Oxford Archaeology North also revealed the graves had been ransacked by thieves, who knew many friars were buried with valuable items such as gold crosses and chalices. But experts said the most exciting historical find of all was a decorative tile – which was different to other tiles at the site.

 Killer’s remains will stay in museum

THE remains of one of Suffolk’s most famous murderers will remain in a museum after a relative’s request for their return was turned down.William Corder, of Polstead, near Sudbury, was hanged in Bury St Edmunds in 1828 after being found guilty of murdering his lover Maria Martin in what became known as the Murder in the Red Barn.

She was shot and repeatedly stabbed before being buried in a shallow grave in a barn.

Following his execution, a death mask of Corder was made and his skin was tanned and used to bind an account of the murder, which passed into Suffolk folklore.

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