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'War grave' at Iron Age hill fort in Derbyshire

Archaeologists have found evidence of a massacre linked to Iron Age warfare at a hill fort in Derbyshire.

A burial site contained only women and children - the first segregated burial of this kind from Iron Age Britain.

Ann Hall, from the Longstone Local History Group, which organised the dig, believes there may be many more than the nine skeletons so far discovered.

Construction of the hill fort has been dated to some time between 440BC and 390BC, but it was destroyed before completion.

  • 18 Apr 2011
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