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Utility Workers in England Stumble Upon Grisly Graves of 26 Iron Age Skeletons

The company Thames Water was working on a pipeline project in Oxfordshire, England, when they discovered the burial spots for 26 people. Archaeologists took over, and declared the find to be quite unusual, showing what might possibly be human sacrifice.

The graves contained the skeletal remains of both men and women, some of whom may have been the victims of human sacrifice, according to the Cotswold archaeologists. As CNN noted in its coverage, one woman was found with her feet cut off and her arms bound behind her back. At another grave, a skull was found placed at the feet of a decapitated skeleton.

The Iron Age skeletons are thought to be about 3,000 years old, and part of the Childrey Warren settlement, the same people who constructed the famous Uffington White Horse. Read more about the bizarre burials at Gizmodo. 

(Image credit: Thames Water)

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