Engineers with Thames Water, a U.K. utility company were laying down pipes in Oxfordshire, 50 miles outside of London, when they unearthed various skeletons.
Cotswold Archaeology which excavated the site and examined the 26 skeletons found that they date back almost 3,000 years to the Iron Age and Roman period. Most disturbing is that they believe some of them were victims of human sacrifice.
Neil Holbrook, chief executive of the organization said, "The Iron Age site at Childrey Warren was particularly fascinating as it provided a glimpse into the beliefs and superstitions of people living in Oxfordshire before the Roman conquest, Evidence elsewhere suggests that burials in pits might have involved human sacrifice. The discovery challenges our perceptions about the past, and invites us to try to understand the beliefs of people who lived and died more than 2,000 years ago."
The archaeologists believe these remains are part of a settlement that were involved in the creation of "Uffington White Horse" a prehistoric chalked geo-glyph located on a hill nearby. Historians are not sure if the figure represents a horse goddess believed in by the local Belgae tribe or the Celtic goddess Epona associated with horses. Others theorize it could be a dragon and not a horse, and representative of the dragon slain by Saint George.
Not only were the skeletal remains found, but evidence of dwellings, household items, animal carcasses including a horse's skull and personal items such as a decorative comb.
One female skeleton at the site was found buried with her feet cut off and placed side by side with her arms bound behind her head. Another skeleton appears as if the person had been decapitated as the skull had been placed at its feet.
Worldwide there is evidence where ancient communities made animal sacrifices, but what would induce people to sacrifice another human being? Sometimes they were prisoners, other times it was to recover the favor of the gods after difficult times or to make sure that they remained in favor or were victors in battle.
Source - FoxNews
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