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4,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton unearthed in Wiltshire

Posted on 28th July 2015

Archaeologists last week unearthed a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton at Wilsford Henge in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire.

Bronze Age Skeleton

A team of archaeologists from the University of Reading made the rare discovery, which is believed to be the skeleton of an adolescent child.

Many people stay in Wiltshire holiday cottages around Wilsford Henge as it is close to the famous Stonehenge. Now, visitors might be able to find out even more about the people who worshipped at the Stonehenge site as it is believed the newly discovered skeleton will shed some light on the lives of people who lived in the area in Neolithic and Bronze Age times.

The skeleton is approximately 1.5 metres in length, was wearing an amber necklace and was found in a foetal position. Studies will now take place to find out the gender and age of the child.

In an article on BT.com, Dr Jim Leary from the University of Reading’s department of archaeology said, “The skeleton is a wonderful discovery which will help tell us what life was like for those who lived under the shadow of Stonehenge at a time of frenzied activity.”

Image Credit: highwaysengland (flickr.com)