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Started by gash, June 07, 2019, 11:58:24 am

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June 07, 2019, 11:58:24 am Last Edit: June 07, 2019, 11:59:55 am by gash

A settlement dating to the Iron Age and the Romano-British period has been uncovered near the village of Childrey in Oxfordshire, ahead of works to lay new water pipes for a Thames Water project.

The excavation, carried out by Cotswold Archaeology (CA), discovered more than 30 human burials, half of which were buried in Iron Age pits; the remainder came from a small formal Roman cemetery. One of the Iron Age burials - that of a woman - really stood out, however.

Sharon Clough, a CA osteoarchaeologist, explains: 'There was a huge variety of burial practice in the Iron Age; and burial in pits is a fairly common finding on settlement sites. These are usually placed on their side and in a crouched position, but this example from Childrey Warren demonstrates one of the more unusual or "deviant" body positions. The female has been placed with her arms draped over her head, with her hands together, and her legs bent up with the knees wide apart. Her feet have been detached and placed, still articulated, by her right arm.'

Full story : https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/unusual-iron-age-burial-uncovered-at-childrey.htm?fbclid=IwAR25lH8wl5XhTvA2mmCY2HfkUVadrDxXsbgdlJ_IEzJTqPjzHsXWWHXhHg4
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