Further finds at Dome burial site

Archaeologists unearthing the remains beneath the Corn Exchange
Archaeologists unearthing the remains beneath the Corn Exchange

Archaeologists have discovered two more skeletons underneath the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, bringing the number of remains found at the site to 17.

The latest skeletons are believed to be 200 to 300 years old, from a former Quaker burial ground called Quaker’s Croft, before the Royal Pavilion Estate was built.

Work to renovate the Corn Exchange - which was once the Prince Regent’s stables - lead to the unearthing of the burial site earlier this month.

The skeletons have now been exhumed and removed from the site by a team of archaeologists from Archaeology South-East.

Archaeologists said the remains have all been carefully lifted and are now being cleaned before being studied. Decisions are still to be made as to whether the remains will be reburied, or stored for longer term curation and study.

The work at the Corn Exchange is part of an project to restore and reunite the Royal Pavilion Estate buildings and gardens. Phase one of the project - a major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre - will restore long-lost heritage features as well as providing new, state-of the art facilities.

Dr Michael Shapland from Archaeology South East will be speaking about the burials on Sunday, September 10, from 1pm until 2pm, as part of Heritage Open Day at Brighton Dome.