Iron Age bodies found in pit on Olympic road

A 2,000-year-old war grave crammed with up to 50 headless bodies has been uncovered by workers digging a new road for the Olympics.

Archaeologist from Oxford Archaeology works on Skull pit

Archaeologist from Oxford Archaeology works on Skull pit

The Iron Age victims found in the ancient burial site are thought to have been slaughtered by the invading Romans in about AD43.

 

 

All of them had been decapitated and some had their limbs hacked off. It has been discovered in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, on Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth, Dorset.

The site is being dug up to make way for a so-called Olympic Highway, an £87million relief road in time for the 2012 games.

 

Read the whole story here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1192353/Mass-war-grave-50-headless-bodies-Olympics-site.html

This is a major find, and one that could shed light on the brutal war that followed the Roman invasion of 43 AD

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One response to “Iron Age bodies found in pit on Olympic road

  1. This is important find, which marks an important archaeological turning point; from arrival of the Romans onwards, hacked up bodies tend to be perceived as casualties of war, not the victims of ritual killing, as they are often perceived in prehistory, which is great relief to some us.

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