Forty Roman skeletons with skulls placed between the legs, discovered by archaeologists at the construction site


  • Archaeologists working on the British HS2 railroad line have discovered a late Roman cemetery.

  • Forty skeletons were decapitated, many with their heads between their legs.

  • According to archaeologists, the decapitated skeleton may have been a criminal or exile.

Among the 425 bodies found in the late Roman cemetery discovered by archaeologists in southern England were about 40 skeletons.

A team of about 50 archaeologists discovered it during an archaeological excavation on the route of a multi-billion pound high-speed rail link currently under construction at Fleet Marston near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. HS2 said.

About 10% of the bodies were decapitated. Many people put their heads between their feet or next to them.

According to archaeologists, the decapitated skeleton could be interpreted as a criminal or exile, but the decapitation in late Roman times was “a small but normal burial ritual.”

Over the next few years, researchers will study the excavated skeletons and provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the historic lifestyle, diet and beliefs of Roman civilization.

Helen Wass, Head of Heritage at HS2 Ltd, said, “All human bodies found are treated with dignity, care and respect, and our findings are shared with the community.”

The team also found over 1,200 coins on the site and some lead weights to indicate that this is a trade and commercial sector.

We also found household items such as spoons, pins and brooches, as well as dice and bells for games that suggest gambling and religious activities.

The Romans ruled England from 43AD to 410AD.

Roman brooches and dice.

Archaeologists have discovered objects such as brooches and dice.HS2

Richard Brown, COPA’s Senior Project Manager, said:

Fleet Marston is one of more than 100 archaeological sites excavated since 2018 as the construction of the HS2 line from London to Birmingham was developed.

Archaeologists have been able to reveal a wealth of details about Rome’s life in Britain about 2000 years ago through archaeological excavations.

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