Human arm bone discovered on Radcliffe Infirmary site

The human bone discovered where the Blavatnik building is being built in Walton Street, Oxford.

The human bone discovered where the Blavatnik building is being built in Walton Street, Oxford.

First published in News

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are still working to find out how a human arm bone was discovered at a Jericho building site.

Police were called after the bone was uncovered on the former Radcliffe Infirmary site, now being redeveloped as Oxford University’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

It was first spotted on Monday, May 19, by David Freud, owner of the Freud’s bar next door to the site, where the university is constructing the Blavatnik School of Government.

Up to 700 bodies were buried on the site after dying at the city centre hospital, some as long as 240 years ago. But the remains of hundreds of people buried at Oxford’s Radcliffe Infirmary were exhumed before building work started.

Mr Freud said: “I saw what looked like an arm bone lying on the ground on the other side of the wall.

Oxford Mail:

Bar owner David Freud, who found it

“I contacted a forensic anthropologist, who confirmed it was a right arm bone and we contacted the police.

“One of the requirements placed on the university was that the remains of people buried in the cemetery were to be carefully removed and reinterred in consecrated ground.”

Oxford University spokesman Matt Pickles said it was investigating.

He said: “The excavation of the remains was carried out under strict standards by the respected archaeological practice Oxford Archaeology. We can also confirm that excavations have all been carried out except for underneath the boundary wall dividing the site from Freud’s.”

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Rhianne Pope said: “A forensic anthropologist attended the site and confirmed the bone is believed to date back to the 18th or 19th century when the site was used as a cemetery.”

The university was granted permission to exhume the remains by a public hearing held by the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Oxford, with permission granted by the Diocese Chancellor Rupert Bursell.

Top News
• Our top stories:

Adding extra lanes to A34 through Oxfordshire could cost £800m

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 24th November 2014

PLANS to widen the A34 in both directions through Oxfordshire would cost at least £800 million, a new report has revealed.

Update: Road reopened after two people cut free following collision on the A44 near Begbroke

Oxford Mail:

12:44pm Monday 24th November 2014

THE A44 is closed following an incident between Spring Hill Road and Sandy Lane/ Rutten Lane between Yarnton and Begbroke.

Grieving family watches as motorist appears in court accused of killing Liberty Baker

Oxford Mail:

3:55pm Monday 24th November 2014

A MOTORIST accused of killing 14-year-old Liberty Baker as she walked to school appeared in court today.

Fog warning for Oxfordshire tonight and tomorrow morning

Oxford Mail:

3:25pm Monday 24th November 2014

A SEVERE fog warning has been put in place for Oxfordshire overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Explore today's interactive front page

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Want to explore our interactive front page? Here it is...

A44 at Wootton re-opens after accident

Oxford Mail:

9:46am Monday 24th November 2014

THE A44 near Wootton, West Oxfordshire has reopened in both directions after an accident.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree