Boudicca, the burger queen of Brum

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Boudicca, the burger queen of Brum
The remains of Queen Boudicca are hotly tipped to be the next discovery that will rock the world – and if archaeologists are in the right spot, they could be found underneath a McDonald’s restaurant in Birmingham. The fast food joint in Kings Norton stands next to the alleged site of the final battle of the Queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60. More and more people have been drawn to bone-hunting after the astonishing discovery of Richard III’s skeleton under a car park in Leicester last year. And in the early hours of Monday morning, remains believed to belong to King Alfred the Great were exhumed from an unmarked grave at St Bartholemew’s Church in Winchester. Now it is Boudicca’s remains that speculators are tipping to be the ones that will be unearthed next. Dr Mike Heyworth, the director of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), said that experts are on the hunt for her burial place. He suggested that she could be unearthed in the next few years as Britain’s growing number of voluntary archaeologists dig deep. The CBA said that there were more than 2,000 archaeological voluntary groups in the UK, with around 215,000 members. Dr Heyworth said that practically anyone could stumble upon her remains if they were dedicated enough. “It’s one of the few fields where anyone can make a significant contribution with almost no background,” he said. The site at Parsons Hill in Kings Norton where Boudicca may have been buried fits many of the facts known about the scene of the showdown between Suetonius Paulinus and his 10,000 troops and the 200,000 rebels led by Boudicca. It was hilly with mature woodland, an ideal tactical mixture for a badly outnumbered Roman general. It was also on the route to Metchley, the Roman fort discovered in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Boudicca is thought to have poisoned herself to avoid capture. There are also contradictory but persistent tales (with “no element of truth”, according to the Museum of London) that she lies beneath either platform eight, nine or 10 at King’s Cross Station. Now only time will tell if ground in the Midlands holds yet more royal legends of history. (birminghammail)
  • Pubblicato: Lunedì, 01 Aprile 2013

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