Model of skeleton found on Watton building site continues its tour of town

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour around the town before hopefully being fixed at the new Watton Museum when it opens. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

After spending 2,000 years hidden in the earth, a skeleton discovered in a Norfolk town is finally being revealed to his modern neighbours.

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour around the town before hopefully being fixed at the new Watton Museum when it opens. L-r: John Daley, vice chairman of the trustees of Watton sports centre, John Greenbrook, Museum 4 Watton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Roman remains were unearthed on the site of The Signals housing development in Watton in 2010 by Bennett Homes.

A model of the skeleton, named Hero, was funded by the developers and given on permanent loan to the Museum4Watton group as the centrepiece of its collection.

Since its unveiling in June the model has been on tour around Watton with information about the skeleton and its discovery.

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour around the town before hopefully being fixed at the new Watton Museum when it opens. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

After spending several weeks at Wayland Academy, where he was used to supplement pupils' learning about local history and the Roman period, Hero has now been carefully transferred to Watton Sports Centre.


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The case sits prominently in the Dereham Road centre's foyer and has already started to attract attention from visitors and gym-goers.

Museum4Watton group chairman Chris Hutchings said: 'It was a logical position – we wanted him in the public view and Watton has not got a lot of public places.

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour

A skeleton uncovered by builders in Watton has been moved to Watton Sports Centre as part of a tour around the town before hopefully being fixed at the new Watton Museum when it opens. R-l: John Daley, vice chairman of the trustees of Watton sports centre, John Greenbrook, Museum 4 Watton. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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'There was an agreement we had with Bennett Homes that he would stay in public view.'

John Daly, vice chairman of the Watton Sports Centre trustees, said: 'This building belongs to the public and the model serves as a reminder of that.'

The Museum4Watton group hopes Hero will be able to stay at the sports centre until a lease for part of Wayland Hall is finalised with Watton Town Council, which will then become a permanent museum.

The original skeleton is officially owned by Norwich Castle, but is currently in the care of the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) in Northampton.

Do you have a Watton story? Email bethany.whymark@archant.co.uk

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