Thursday, 8 December 2011
Skeletons under patio
A COUPLE were shocked to discover a number of bodies under their patio during construction work at their home in Ratley last week.
Builders were digging up the patio of keen historians Stephen and Nicky West when the discovery of at least four bodies was made and the couple promptly called archaeology experts from Warwickshire County Council.
The archaeologists identified the remains as the bodies of two adult females, a young male and a child aged between ten and 12.
It was determined that the find was of considerable historic importance and that any foul play had taken place a very long time ago.
An archaeological survey was carried out and radiocarbon dating showed the remains date back to about 650-820AD, known as the middle Saxon period.
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