ridgeway hill Dorset mass grave
Death on Ridgeway Hill
How science unlocked the secrets of a mass grave below Overlooking the Ridgeway Hill mass grave, where archaeologists have discovered a jumble of decapitated human skeletons, with the skulls piled up at the southern edge of the grave.
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When archaeologists discovered a mass grave on Ridgeway Hill in Dorset, it was unclear who was buried there, let alone when or why. These were just some of the questions asked by scientists as they began their detailed laboratory investigations on the grave. Chief scientist Louise Loe reports. A ll images
In the summer of 2009, on Ridgeway Hill in Dorset, archaeologists were engaged in a routine watching brief when they made a completely unexpected find: a mass grave of around 50 skeletons. What made their discovery even more peculiar was that each skeleton had been decapitated. But while the skulls had been ‘neatly’ piled up at the southern edge of the grave, the beheaded bodies appear to have been dumped in the ground with little care. What was this grave, why was it here, and who were the unfortunate victims?
Excavation: base-line facts
Digging the grave was a complicated undertaking. The site, discovered by my colleagues at Oxford Archaeology, was found during the construction of the new Weymouth Relief Road that was built to facilitate the Dorset sailing events of the 2012 Olympics. Luckily, however, the site lay outside the path of the immediate construction works, which meant we were able to fence off the above caption to go in here over a few lines if possible xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxx xxx xxxxx xxxxx xxx xxxx xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxx xxxxxx. xxx xxx xxxxxx.
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