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Footless Body Unearthed in England

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Iron-Age-WomanWILTSHIRE, ENGLAND—The remains of an Iron Age woman and three Roman-period individuals were discovered in West Knoyle by archaeologists investigating the route of a new water main. The Iron Age woman's feet were “reburied alongside her,” and with the bones of at least two sheep or goats “on her head,” archaeologist Peter Cox told BBC News.  “We’re unsure why the female skeleton has been found without her feet or why she may have been buried with sheep, but perhaps it was to protect her soul from bad spirits,” Cox added. The Roman remains belonged to a child of about ten years old, and two men who had suffered sword wounds to their hips.