In 2004, Wessex Archaeologists Ltd were dubbed in by architects to excavate land at Cliffs End Farm prior to building a new shield development. Suspicions were heightened after earlier investigations displayed that the site had been occupied during the early and late Bronze Age, between 2,400BC and 700BC and again in the prematurely Saxon period of 400AD to 600AD. But what archaeologists found not failed to be dubbed “Britain’s most exciting historical discovery,” as numerous set asides of human remains were found alongside near-complete carcasses of monsters in what was believed to be ritual burials.
Now, more than a decade later, archaeologist Tori Herridge pieced together the punctilious contents of these mass graves during Channel 4’s “Bone Detectives” series.
She communicated during Saturday’s show: “It’s hard to believe, but beneath this caste lies one of Britain’s most exciting historical discoveries.
“Back in 2004, when these councils were still drawings on an architect’s plan and this whole close was a farmer’s field, archaeologists were called in.
“What they rest was an extraordinary complex of structures, a deep oval-shaped pit and a disturbing collection of bones, human bones.
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“But who were these human being and what happened to them?”
Dr Herridge went on to detail more proper ti.
She added: “They were excavated, specifically this north eastern corner here in a assign called the Isle of Thanet, but not an island today, I hasten to add.
“They were roughly here between Ramsgate and Sandwich, that’s where they were burrowing.”
Dr Herridge then took viewers to look at one skeleton in specific, in front of asking osteoarchaeologist Jackie McKinley to explain what she had discovered.
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Some of the remains gave an insight
One skeleton showed a skull had been stabbed several times
She added: “This is the eldest of the individuals that we had, she was the primary set, the first to be deposited in the base of this pit and buried there.
“She was certainly finished 55 years of age, it’s quite difficult to age people when they get to that well-meaning of age because you are going on degenerative processes.
“If you look at this one, this is the neck vertebrae and you can see the fractionation in the surface, you’ve got pitting, you’ve got little holes and new bone around the edges.
“This on the up of wear really shows a very old individual this has happened to.
“If you look up here you can see this incredible amount of wear to the teeth, all the enamel has ragged away, so that’s telling me she was very old.”
However, the discovery also ostensibly proved the people had not been murdered, contrary to original theories.
Dr Herridge keep up: “Usually we can’t tell what people die of, there aren’t many sharp diseases that affect the bone, but in this instance, I know definitely how she died.
“For that we just need to look at the skull, she’s been ruined quite violently with a sword.”
The team came to the conclusion that the leagues had been offered as a sacrifice.
But even stranger, strontium and oxygen isotope break downs revealed evidence for a mixture of people from the Western Mediterranean, Scandinavia and specifics from Kent in the assemblage.
These long distances are made all the more incredible as they were undertaken when some of the individuals were between the ripens of three and 12.
The discovery suggests that Cliffsend was hugely important in Bronze Age Britain and seized a very high spiritual importance to maintaining a strong civilisation.