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Nine human skeletons have been found by archaeologists excavating land to be used for a water pipeline in Suffolk.

Eight of them, found together near Barnham, are believed to date back to about AD300. Two of the bodies had been buried with a brooch and a knife.

The other skeleton was discovered at Rougham.

Anglian Water, which is installing a new pipeline to serve Bury St Edmunds, said items from the dig would be “kept in a secure museum archive”.

The dig took five months and also unearthed evidence of Anglo Saxon “grub huts” from the 6th Century, near Barnham. Read more.

Furred arteries have been affecting human health for at least 3,000 years, new research by a North East academic has found.

Ancient African skeletons have been discovered with atherosclerosis, a thickening of the artery wall due to fatty build-up and a major factor in cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death today.

Doctors blame our modern lifestyle with smoking, obesity and hypertension commonly the cause.

But the condition was also prevalent 3,000 years ago among the simple farming communities who worked the land by the Nile in what is now Sudan. Read more.

Skeletons unearthed in London Crossrail excavations are Black Death victims from the great pandemic of the 14th Century, forensic tests indicate.

Their teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and their graves have been dated to 1348-50.

Records say thousands of Londoners perished and their corpses were dumped in a mass grave outside the City, but its exact location was a mystery.

Archaeologists now believe it is under Charterhouse Square near the Barbican.

They plan to expand their search for victims across the square - guided by underground radar scans, which have picked up signs of many more graves. Read more.

An early Saxon man who fell on his shield has been found buried with a knife and spear alongside a jewellery-clad woman during a dig on a residential site in a Cambridgeshire village.

Grave goods, weaponry and everyday items from the 6th century surfaced during the excavation in Haddenham, where similar remains – including a double burial of a man and a woman – were first identified more than 20 years ago.

“A total of nine inhumations were discovered, ranging from the very young to fully grown adults,” says Jon House, of Pre-Construct Archaeology, thanking local residents for their “great interest” and “warm and welcoming” approach to the team during unfavourable weather conditions. Read more.

Till death do us part!

Archaeologists have discovered mysterious 3,500-year-old Bronze Age graves in Siberia, where male and female skeletons are buried facing each other and holding hands.

Dozens of the ancient burials in Staryi Tartas village, in Novosibirsk region, contain the bones of couples, facing each other, some with their hands held together.

Others show men or women buried with children, ‘The Siberian Times’ reported.

Archaeologists hope that modern genetic tools and DNA tests will help shed some light in the next few years. Read more.


How was life for common people in Norway during the period 400–1050 AD? Can we learn more? Yes, according to Elise Naumann, research scholar in archaeology.

By using isotope analysis to examine ancient skeletons, she has made several remarkable discoveries. Research results from the analysis of skeletons found at Flakstad in Lofoten have been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

The material includes skeletons from a total of ten individuals, found at Flakstad. At least three of these, which were found in double and triple graves, are headless. The isotope analyses, combined with analyses of ancient DNA, provide grounds to hypothesize that the headless skeletons were slaves who were decapitated before being buried along with their masters. Read more.

University of Barcelona archaeologists are reporting an exciting find in a cave near the city of Barcelona in Begues.

The archaeologists came upon four well-preserved skeletal remains thought to be nearly 6,400 years-old in a ‘shroud of death’ at the Can Sadurni cave. The find is exciting because the bodies, of one man, one adolescent and two children, are well preserved and found in a unique ritualistic form. A mild landside took place near the cave that unearthed the corpses.

The bodies were found in a fetal position bound together with rope, aligned in the “northern” wall of the cave and covered in a funeral shroud. Numerous household items were also found inside the cave including a vase and the remains of farm animals. Read more.

NAIROBI (AA) – Kenyan authorities are investigating some 100 human skeletons, including skulls, discovered in Kijipwa village of the Kilifi County in the coastal region, an area believed to have been a holding ground for African slaves before being sent across the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and other parts of the world.

"The National Museums of Kenya is working with key institutions including the National Environment Authority (NEMA) and the Kilifi County government to assess the site," Jambo Haro, the head of archeology at the Coast National Museums of Kenya, told Anadolu Agency.

Construction workers stumbled on the skeletons as they dug the trenches for the foundation of a new hotel. Read more.