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Decapitated skeletons found in Roman cemetery
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England https://dailytimes.com.pk/343685/decapit...-cemetery/ England

The discovery of a Roman cemetery in England has archaeologists scratching their heads, mainly because about 40 percent of the bodies buried there are missing theirs.

Well, not missing, exactly. Of the 52 skeletons discovered in the fourth-century A.D. cemetery, 17 had been decapitated. And almost every head was resting between its owner’s legs or feet.

It’s unclear why these decapitations happened, but “this appears to be a careful funeral rite that may be associated with a particular group within the local population,” Andy Peachey, an archaeologist with Archaeological Solutions, the company responsible for excavating the cemetery, told Live Science.

Archaeologists discovered the mysterious cemetery while surveying the village of Great Whelnetham in Suffolk, England, ahead of the construction of a housing development. It wasn’t a complete surprise that Roman remains were found there. Since 1964, archaeologists have known that a Roman settlement existed in the area, because researchers had uncovered Roman artifacts such as a pottery kiln, coins, cremations and burials.The discovery of a Roman cemetery in England has archaeologists scratching their heads, mainly because about 40 percent of the bodies buried there are missing theirs.

Well, not missing, exactly. Of the 52 skeletons discovered in the fourth-century A.D. cemetery, 17 had been decapitated. And almost every head was resting between its owner’s legs or feet.

It’s unclear why these decapitations happened, but “this appears to be a careful funeral rite that may be associated with a particular group within the local population,” Andy Peachey, an archaeologist with Archaeological Solutions, the company responsible for excavating the cemetery, told Live Science.

Archaeologists discovered the mysterious cemetery while surveying the village of Great Whelnetham in Suffolk, England, ahead of the construction of a housing development. It wasn’t a complete surprise that Roman remains were found there. Since 1964, archaeologists have known that a Roman settlement existed in the area, because researchers had uncovered Roman artifacts such as a pottery kiln, coins, cremations and burials.



Rather weird. I wonder who the beheaded people were - and who beheaded them?
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First thing im curious about is why it repeats 3 times lol

though on the topic of the burials themselves yeah its very curious indeed, perhaps it was either a punishment or they are a military type of burial? im not entirely sure what all it could mean really.
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Wow, what a weird find!!
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See, I'd have thought decapitation would reference some sort of punishment. That may just be me thinking of the French revolution though. I mean, mummification involves removal of a lot of things so who knows.
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(01-14-2019, 11:37 AM)Pyrite Wrote: See, I'd have thought decapitation would reference some sort of punishment. That may just be me thinking of the French revolution though. I mean, mummification involves removal of a lot of things so who knows.

Yeah, that was my first thought. However, laying the heads down next to the feet like that suggests some kind of respect: if they had been beheaded as a form of execution, then I'd expect the heads to get stuck on poles or something.

Also, they seem to think these people were already dead when they were beheaded - which I guess is a relief!
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