A new study of 130 Iron Age bodies from 5 sites in Somerset has been undertaken by Cardiff University, revealing the mysterious ways in which human remains were treated. It seems graves were revisited once soft tissue had degraded, with bones extracted and circulated or curated before being deposited elsewhere. Of the five sites, only Glastonbury Lake Village indicates the exposure of remains, with stronger evidence instead pointing to the curation of trophy skulls, from defleshing to polishing and final display of the human skulls. Although macabre to modern western society, it seems graves were revisited once soft tissue had degraded, with bones extracted and circulated or curated before being deposited elsewhere. The new information will be presented on Digging For Britain on the 19th of December. Isotope anlaysis of 40 of the individuals has shown that four of them came from continental Europe, three probably from Iberia and one from Brittany.
The link attached to your Dec. 17 post doesn’t work. Not sure if it is just an outdated link and the story was removed from Cardiff University’s website or if the link has a mistake. Just thought I’d let you know. Fascinating story! Thanks.
Sorry the link didn’t work for you. The address is correct and their webpage is still live so I have redone the link in a different way. Hopefully it will work for you now if you haven’t already managed to find it (or seen the programme). Cracking story.