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Tech & Science Iron Age settlement and ancient skeletons found as pipes are laid

07:05  15 april  2019
07:05  15 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Iron Age settlement and ancient skeletons found as pipes are laid

Iron Age settlement and ancient skeletons found as pipes are laid Archaeologists say some of the 26 skeletons found near Wantage were likely to have been involved in ritual burials. There was also evidence of dwellings, animal carcasses and household items including pottery, cutting implements and a decorative comb. Cotswold Archaeology removed the items for forensic examination, which means Thames Water can start to lay the six-kilometre pipe that will supply nearby villages with water taken from groundwater boreholes near the River Thames rather than Letcombe Brook.

Workers found an ancient settlement containing an array of historic artefacts as they prepared to lay new water pipes which will relieve pressure on Letcombe Brook. The finds included 26 human skeletons with some likely to have been involved in ritual burials.

An ancient settlement was found containing an array of historic artefacts while preparing to lay new water pipes which will relieve pressure on Letcombe Brook near Wantage. Among the finds were 26 human skeletons , and some likely to have been involved in ritual burials

Iron Age settlement and ancient skeletons found as pipes are laid © PA The skeletons are believed to be from the Iron Age and Roman periods Twenty-six human skeletons dating back almost 3,000 years ago have been discovered in Oxfordshire.

Thames Water's £14.5m (AUD$264m) project to ease pressure on a chalk stream near Wantage led to the discovery believed to be from the Iron Age and Roman periods.

Workers found an ancient settlement containing an array of historic artefacts as they prepared to lay new water pipes which will relieve pressure on Letcombe Brook.

The finds included 26 human skeletons with some likely to have been involved in ritual burials.

There was also evidence of dwellings, animal carcasses and household items including pottery, cutting implements and a decorative comb.

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Researchers found the remains of a young warrior king in the 2,500-year-old Iron Age burial site in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. The analysis revealed that one of the human skeletons belongs to an ancient warrior king. The burial site belonged to the Arras culture who lived during the Middle Iron Age .

Cotswold Archaeology removed the items for forensic examination, which means Thames Water can start to lay the six-kilometre pipe that will supply nearby villages with water taken from groundwater boreholes near the River Thames rather than Letcombe Brook.

Neil Holbrook, chief executive of Cotswold Archaeology, said: "The new Thames Water pipeline provided us with an opportunity to examine a number of previously unknown archaeological sites.

"The Iron Age site at Childrey Warren was particularly fascinating as it provided a glimpse into the beliefs and superstitions of people living in Oxfordshire before the Roman conquest.

"Evidence elsewhere suggests that burials in pits might have involved human sacrifice.

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They uncovered an Iron Age skeleton in the bottom of a bell-shaped chalk pit. The skeleton was found to be a rare crouch burial, where the body is laid “The settlement that our archaeologists and volunteers found on our site means the Margate Caves can tell a story of the Isle of Thanet that starts

At the Iron Age hill forts of Danebury and South Cadbury, bodies were also found in the foundations, which were supposedly sacrificed before the construction. The new graves and settlement were discovered while Thames Water was preparing to lay new water pipes which will relieve pressure on

"The discovery challenges our perceptions about the past, and invites us to try to understand the beliefs of people who lived and died more than 2,000 years ago."

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