‘Hugely important’ iron age remains found at Yorkshire site | Science | The Guardian

Bronze bracelet with coral decoration discovered at the site in Yorkshire. Photograph: MAP Archeology

Almost 3,000 years after being buried, the remarkably well-preserved remains of 150 skeletons and their personal possessions have been discovered in a small market town at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.

The remains of the burial ground that contained skeletons of people from the middle-iron age Arras culture in Pocklington, east Yorkshire is being hailed as…

Source: ‘Hugely important’ iron age remains found at Yorkshire site | Science | The Guardian

6,000-year-old skeletons in French pit came from victims of violence | Science News

CIRCLE OF DEATH A circular pit excavated in France (left) contains the remains of eight people probably killed in a violent attack around 6,000 years ago. Seven severed left arms lay at the bottom of the pit. A diagram of the pit discoveries denotes bones of each individual in different colors.

A gruesome discovery in eastern France casts new light on violent conflicts that took lives — and sometimes just limbs — around 6,000 years ago.Excavations of a 2-meter-deep circular pit in Bergheim revealed seven human skeletons plus a skull section from an infant strewn atop the remains of seven human arms, say anthropologist Fanny Chenal of Antea Archéologie in Habsheim, France, and her colleagues.

Two men, one woman and four children were killed, probably in a…

Source: 6,000-year-old skeletons in French pit came from victims of violence | Science News

The extraordinary ossuary at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe

Fascinating post about this collection of human skulls.

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The church of St Leonard sits on a hillside in the pretty coastal town of Hythe in Kent, overlooking the English Channel.  Its history goes back at least 900 years, perhaps even further – a lot of the churches in the area have pre-Norman origins.  It’s a beautiful and imposing building – but if you visit the church’s crypt you will find yourself coming face to face with some unexpected people.

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