Evidence of a ‘massacre’ linked to Iron Age warfare found in Britain

April 19th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 19 (ANI): Archaeologists in Britain have excavated the remains of a large fortified Iron Age settlement at Fin Cop in the Derbyshire Peak District.

They have so far found the skeletons of nine victims - four babies, a two-year-old, a teenage boy and three adults - of what they believe was a massacre, which took place around 2,400 years ago.

The men were missing, either killed in battle or taken to one side to be pressed into military service or sold for slaves by their captors.

Scientists believe that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of women, babies and children were stabbed or strangled, stripped of possessions and tossed into the ditch that encircled the fort.

Then their attackers toppled a 13ft-high limestone wall over their broken bodies, covering the mass grave with a litter of rocks and soil.

This discovery is challenging some widely held views about life in Iron Age Britain and whether life before the Romans was quite as peaceful as some academics like to claim, reports the Daily Mail. (ANI)

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