A murder victim, Iron Age jewelry, religious monuments and a Roman burial were some of the discoveries made at the Wellwick farm in England.
Archaeologists were excavating an Iron Age site at Wellwick Farm in Buckinghamshire County when they found a mysterious skeleton buried face down with his hands bound together. According to the specialists, the position of the body suggests that the man may have been the victim of murder or execution.
Osteologists are examining the remains to find more clues as to what might have happened at the time, but what is known so far is that it is about 2,000 years old and was found along with a series of archaeological evidence of human activities from the Neolithic and the Middle Ages. “We already knew that Buckinghamshire is rich in archaeology but discovering a site showing human activity spanning 4,000 years came as a bit of a surprise to us,” said archaeologist Rachel Wood, in a statement.
Among the materials found there is an Iron Age funerary monument in the Stonehenge style, which would be used only for people considered important at the time. In addition to it, a gold coin from the same period, called ester, captured the attention of scientists: it dates from around 100 B.C. and was found in a ditch near the funerary monument.
A skeleton buried in a lead-lined coffin, a wooden ceremonial structure probably used in religious rituals and jewelry were also some of the finds.
The excavation project is part of the construction of a low-carbon high-speed railway between London and the city of Birmingham. Mike Court, the construction company’s archeologist, said the excavations will enrich their cultural heritage. “Our discoveries will be shared with communities and the public through virtual lectures, open days and in an upcoming BBC archaeology documentary.”