first_imgStay on target Workers preparing to place new water pipes have found an ancient burial site with “human sacrifice” bones in the U.K.The site, which was located in Childrey Warren, Oxfordshire, contained about 26 human skeletons believed to be from the Iron Age and Roman periods, Fox News reported. The victims’ bones, which were discovered during a multi-million dollar Thames Water project, might have come from ritual burials conducted almost 3,000 years ago, said a Thames Water Utilities Limited press release.Photo Credit: Thames WaterThis gruesome find revealed one female skeleton, which was found buried with her feet cut off and placed side by side, while another unidentified skeleton was discovered with the skull placed below its feet. Other objects at the ancient site included evidence of animal carcasses, dwellings, and household items including cutting implements, a decorative comb, and pottery.“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,” Neil Holbrook, chief executive of Cotswold Archaeology, said in the press release. “Evidence elsewhere suggests that burials in pits might have involved human sacrifice.”He added, “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.”Photo Credit: Thames WaterCotswold Archaeology carefully removed the items so they can be forensically examined, enabling Thames Water Utilities Limited to start laying a 3.7-mile pipe which will give nearby villages water taken from groundwater boreholes located near the River Thames.“This is a £14.5 million (approximately $19 million) project which is going to have real benefits for the environment by reducing the need to take water from the Letcombe Brook, a chalk stream which is a globally rare and highly important habitat for us to protect,” Chris Rochfort, Thames Water environmental manager, said in the press release. “As a result, future generations will be able to enjoy it for years to come – and now they can also learn about their village’s secret history.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Reveal World’s ‘First’ 3D-Printed HeartOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean TrenchDeclassified U2 Spy Plane Photos Reveal Forgotten Historic Sites Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img

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