Human remains to be examined after grim discovery beneath city centre pavement

Human remains have been discovered beneath a pavement in the centre of Birmingham close to a HS2 construction site.

An area around a pavement in the Park Street area was cordoned off by police on Sunday morning so police officers could examine the scene more closely.

Investigating officers believe that the human remains have been there for "some time," according to The Sun.

The grim discovery was made near to where the new Curzon Street HS2 station in Birmingham city centre is being built.

BirminghamLive reported that the remains were discovered by builders who were carrying out work in the area.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: "We are investigating after human remains were found.

"It is believed the remains have been at the location for some time. Tests are being carried out to identify the victim and establish the cause of death.

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Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police, quoting log number 1177 of May 9.

In 2019 archaeologists spent time in the area after 6,500 skeletons from a 19th Century burial ground were found.

70 archaeologists spent 12 months excavating bodies and found artefacts including figurines, coins, toys and necklaces.

At the time Claire Cogar, lead archaeologist from MOLA Headland, said: “The careful and fascinating excavation of Park Street burial ground is telling us a great deal of the effects of life in 19th-century Birmingham on the population.

"By analysing the archaeological remains, we hope to build a picture of the lives of the people who built Birmingham and made the city what it is today, from the diseases they suffered and what they ate, to where they came from.

"Our initial findings have already identified evidence of diseases including scurvy and rickets.

“We have also found interesting objects placed into burials. One burial contained a bone-handled knife, another had a figurine and others contained dinner plates. These finds provide insights into the types of burial rituals, traditions and practices of the 19th-century.”

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