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The excavations of Ham Hill in Somerset have provided evidence of a massacre of hundreds of Iron Age people whose bodies were severed.
These human remains found in a ancient site near Yeovil show cut marks, especially in the main joints "as if trying to separate the parts of the body”, Details Dr. Marcus Brittain, Cambridge archaeologist and head of the excavations of Ham Hill, the largest Iron Age fort in Britain.
These dismemberment samples were also found in other human remains from the Iron Age, but not in such quantity.
Ham Still It is very wide, so there is still a large part to excavate. So there are likely hundreds or even thousands of bodies buried at the site, Brittain explains.
It is believed that They date from the 1st or 2nd century AD. although the site had been populated for thousands of years. The Hill forts date back to the first millennium BC. until the Roman Conquest and they are rarely excavated because they are ancient protected monuments. However, the Ham Hill site contains one of the most important stone sites in southern England, used for the preservation of historic buildings in the region. For this reason, the Universities of Cardiff and Cambridge have been able to access a special authorization for archaeological excavations.
Yet the causes of the massacre are unknown, but it is known that it took place at the beginning of the Roman invasion, as Roman weapons have been found among the bodies. Perhaps the legions executed people in order to oppress the tribes and enforce order, but dismemberment is still a very rare practice in Roman civilization, which is more related to the Iron Age Britons. These used to place polished skulls on their doors. Christopher Evans of the Cambridge Archeology Unit said the excavations raise many questions. Inside the fort, evidence of family life is found in wooden residences.
Aside from Roman and Iron age ceramics, burial remains, human skulls and bodies have been found in a well, mostly of women.
Image credit: Ham Hill.
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