Hopes are high as archeologists move onto Greyfriars site
AFTER 147 skeletons were found on one archeological dig in Gloucester, hopes are high for similar discoveries over the road.
Numerous burial sites have been unearthed at a dig off Brunswick Road during a £25million development which will include 176 apartments and 78 houses.
Work there is due to be wrapped up this week, but archeologists have already started digging over at the Greyfriars site, which is part of the development.
Site manager Stuart Joyce, from Cotswold Archaeology, said: "We started work on Monday and we have already dug a few test pits.
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"There is no real chance of finding burials on the Greyfriars site as it sits within the Roman boundary wall. Burials were outside the wall in Roman times.
"We could well find ruins of the priory that once stood there.
"The last dig went very much as expected. We knew there was a cemetery there and we anticipated around 150 finds, so we weren't far off. This dig will be very different."
Mr Joyce added that building work has not been put back as workers have been putting down foundations alongside the archeological digs.
The Romans had established a fort on the site of the present city centre by 64AD.
Ian McKay, a volunteer at Gloucester Civic Trust and Gloucester City Museum, said: "There may well be some military buildings that would later have been converted for residential use there.
"There may also be mosaics."