Skeleton remains of four people that could date back to the Roman era were unearthed during work on a new water pipeline for Boston.
Anglian Water is connecting the town to Covenham Reservoir in a £40million project to supply the area’s growing population.
Specialists were assessing sites ahead of laying the 63km pipeline when they came across bones of an adult and child, loosley buried in farmland in Stickford. A spokeman said the bones were ‘more or less in the top soil’.
The first discovery was of an adult and very young child crouched or ‘spooned’. Another two adults were then found nearby and appeared to have been buried lying on their backs.
The bones have been taken away by experts from Oxford Archaeology East who will need to carry out carbon dating tests but initial estimates suggest that they could date back to the Roman era.
There is evidence of settlements in Stickford dating back to the Neolithic period, with the land acting as a natural point to cross the Fens.
Cheryl Steele, chairman of Stickford Local History Group, said: “It’s excellent. We are really excited about the find and are looking forward to finding out more.”
Anglian Water has promised a talk on the findings to the group.