Mystery of the decapitated 4th Century Roman child found in Suffolk

Mail Online | 1/8/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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Mystery surrounds the discovery of the decapitated skeleton of a 4th Century child buried with their head placed between their legs.

Seventeen people laid out in a similar fashion were uncovered along with thirty five other bodies.

Remains - Archaeologists - Roman - Site - Bury

The remains were discovered by archaeologists while excavating a Roman burial site near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Of the 52 skeletons, an even mix of men and women were found, along with the remains of a ten-year-old child.

Presentation - Headless - Bodies - Result - Executions

The unique presentation of the headless bodies is not the result of executions but more likely an ancient funeral rite, possibly associated with a cult, experts say.

After examining the skeletons, archaeologists found that the neck incisions were made after death and 'neatly placed behind the jaw'.

Execution - Neck - Force - Andrew - Peachey

'An execution would cut lower through the neck and with violent force, and this is not present anywhere,' said Andrew Peachey, from excavation company Archaeological Solutions.

'This appears to be a careful funeral rite that may be associated with a particular group within the local population, possibly a cult or a practice that...
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