Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 15:23
Graves from middle ages found in Utrecht
Archaeologists have found a set of graves from the middle ages under a faculty building of the University of Utrecht. Newsreports say that that the tombs were found under the Faculty of Law, in what used to be a hallways of the Minderbroeder Monastery. There were at least seven colorful graves, one of which is that of a mother with an unborn child. Estimates are that they were buried in either the 14th or 15th century. The city council is expected to give more details on Friday about the find, that has meanwhile been called “exceptional and remarkable” by the National Department of Cultural Heritage. It is not the first time that historical finds are made at the Law Faculty building that is located at the Jans Kerkhof (cemetery). In November last year workers came across a cellar with in it a cesspool in which there lay a skull. In 2000 construction teams working on the road dug up the remains of hundreds of people who were buried centuries ago at Jans Kerkhof.