Archaeologists are astounded by the discovery of a ‘very significant’ burial in a UK pit: ‘Clearly sacrifice.’
The discovery of an Iron Age body buried in an upright position at Maiden Castle startled archaeologists, who have subsequently speculated that the find was proof of a cruel sacrifice.
Maiden Castle, the size of 50 football fields, is one of Europe’s largest and most intricate Iron Age hill forts. It is home to massive numerous ramparts, most of which were built in the first century BC and previously defended hundreds of people. The gleaming white chalk ramparts would have towered over the surrounding landscape when they were first erected.
For years, archaeologists have been excavating the site, which has yielded a wealth of information about Britain’s history.
A Neolithic enclosure from circa 3500 BC and a Roman temple from the fourth century AD are among them.
Archaeologists discovered evidence of a late Iron Age graveyard where many of the people buried had suffered horrendous injuries.
The Smithsonian Channel’s 2020 program, ‘Mystic Britain,’ highlighted one of the remains discovered amid these tombs that attracted interest in scientific circles.
Professor Neil Sharples, a Cardiff University archaeologist, has spent decades researching Iron Age hill forts.
A cadaver was dug up from the fort more than 80 years ago, and as the documentary’s presenter, Clive Anderson, pointed out, “there was something extremely strange about the burial.”
“At the bottom of this hole there is a burial of a young male, perhaps 20 to 30 years old, and he’s sort of sitting up at the bottom of this pit,” Prof Sharples remarked, standing over one of the trenches excavated in the Thirties.
The majority of Iron Age burials were found in a fetal or crouched position, rather than sitting upright.
Prof Sharples believes the body’s location is “very significant” in addition to the unconventional burial.
“They decided to develop and create Maiden Castle the largest hill fort in the region around 350 BC,” he stated.
“However, directly in front of us is a massive ditch that appears to be flat today but is actually a six-metre-deep, v-shaped ditch.”
“That was filled up, and a new rampart was created.”
The body was buried exactly where the new rampart is now.
“Clearly this is some type of purposeful sacrifice to mark the development of this,” Prof Sharples remarked. “Brinkwire Summary News.”