Seventeen suspected victims of religious persecution found at the bottom of a Norwich well are to be buried - an estimated 800 years after their deaths.
The skeletons, which included the remains of 11 children, were found during archaeological digs in 2004 ahead of work to build the Chapelfield Shopping Centre, in St Stephens Street.
Tests later suggested the medieval bones, thought to have been there since the 12th century, had DNA consistent with Jewish communities although research is still being carried out.
Norwich’s Jewish community will tomorrow bury the remains of the unknown people at the Jewish Cemetery in Earlham Cemetery.
Clive Roffe, Norwich representative on the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said he is not aware of any genetic test which could prove 100pc the skeletons are Jewish as there is no common gene.
But he said based on the information available it seemed “pretty convincing” and they were of the belief the skeletons are Jewish.
Mr Roffe said the burial will follow traditional Jewish practices and customs.
He said: “It’s a sad thing but it’s recognising they might have been victims of religious persecution. This is going back to medieval times and none of our memories are that good.
“We are dealing with it all in a decent and respectful way.”