Ancient bones found in King’s Lynn may not be human

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Bones found by gas engineers in Lynn’s Saturday Market Place may not be human after all, it has been claimed.

An archaeologist has contacted Lynn Minster’s Rev Christopher Ivory to say the bones could belong to an animal.

Gas worker Paul Jipp found the bones, which were initially believed to belong to a child, along with the remains of a leather shoe as he was excavating a hole close to the Pizza Express restaurant earlier this month.

It is believed he had found part of a pelvis and some finger bones. The area had once been used as a cemetery for the town.

An archaeologist from the Cambridge area contacted Mr Ivory after seeing pictures of the bones.

Mr Ivory said: “It is not clear if whether they are human but as they were dug up in consecrated ground they should be reburied.

“The bones are certainly very old and fairly fragmented. There is an end of a femur but it is thought to be too big to belong to a child and too small for an adult.”

Mr Ivory is also looking forward to the return of the Minster’s west door next week.

Experts have refurbished and increased the size of the Victorian door after the access has been changed.