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Human Remains Found Near Jaguar Land Rover Site

Human Remains Found Near Jaguar Land Rover Site

Human remains have been found near a Jaguar Land Rover plant.

Workers uncovered the remains on a construction site close to the factory in Solihull, Birmingham, on Wednesday (4 October) and officers are still working to gather more evidence.

According to reports, specialist crime scene officers have set up a tent and are conducting a fingertip search, with archaeologists examining the area for more information.

Photos taken from the site show investigators in white overalls placing down markers, while officers in black carefully scour the area.

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So far, it's not yet known who the remains belong to and police have confirmed they are being taken away for further examination.

Workers uncovered the remains on a construction site in Solihull. Credit: Snapper SK
Workers uncovered the remains on a construction site in Solihull. Credit: Snapper SK

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We are investigating after human remains were discovered on land off Damson Parkway, Solihull.

"The area has been cordoned off for further searches to be carried out.

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"The bones will undergo forensic and archaeological analysis."

And when asked whether or not the find was linked to a previous investigation, the spokesperson added: "There is no information linking them to a criminal investigation at this stage."

Earlier this year, human remains from the Medieval period were uncovered during an archaeological dig.

The bones reportedly date back as far as 1300 and were found just outside South Leith Parish Church in Edinburgh.

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According to reports, previous research into the area found evidence of a medieval graveyard that extended across the road from the site, with 10 bodies already having been dug up and part of a cemetery wall found.

It comes as planned work continues on extending the city's tramlines.

Speaking about the incredible discovery, local authority leader Cammy Day said she was amazed.

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She said: "This is an extremely fascinating, essential part of the broader project to bring the tram to Newhaven, shedding some light on centuries of history here in Leith.

A tent has been set up on the site where the remains were found. Credit: Snapper SK
A tent has been set up on the site where the remains were found. Credit: Snapper SK

"It's crucial that we conserve the remains found here and a team of archaeologists are carrying out the painstaking job of doing this.

"What's more, further examination of the excavated graves will give us an invaluable glimpse into the lives of Leithers past."

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Experts leading the dig believed the remains that were exhumed date between 1300 and 1650, and were sent of to be analysed to find out more about the living conditions and health of people at the time.

The find came about as work was moving ahead on construction work between Elm Row and Crown Place, as part of plans to extend the city's tramlines an extra three miles to connect Leith and Newhaven.

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Topics: Police, UK News, Birmingham

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