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A Bronze Age skeleton has been found by archaeologists at the University of Reading when they were excavating in the Pewsey Valley in Wiltshire.
With an age of about 4,000 years, the skeleton found is believed to have belonged to a teenager. A more thorough study will reveal the sex and age of the adolescent, where he came from, and invaluable information on diet and disease in the Bronze Age.
The remains of the teenager are in good condition and were found in a 'henge'Neolithic at Wilsford. The body, approximately one meter long, was found in a fetal position with the legs raised, the arms crossed and the head facing to the right and wearing an amber necklace.
Archaeologists began excavating at Marden Henge and later continued at Wilsford Henge in the Pewsey Valley in June. Located between Stonehenge and Avebury, the valley is an archaeological region very little explored but with great importance.
The three years of excavation have helped better understand the people who lived and prayed near Stonhenge. Dr Jim Leary of the Department of Archeology at the University of Reading and Director of the Archaelogy Field School has stated:
“The findings of these first five weeks in the excavation were very interesting, but as often happens during excavations, the best is found last. The skeleton is a wonderful discovery that will provide us with information about what life was like for those who lived under the shadow of Stonehenge at the time of the greatest activity of the place. Scientific analyzes will provide us with more information about the adolescent's sex, diet, pathologies and the date of burial. And it will also give us information on where the teenager to whom the skeleton belongs lived.
The excavation has focused on four main locations: Marden Henge, Wilsford Henge, a Roman farming settlement and a fence next to a Roman farm. The field work has had the collaboration with Historic England, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wiltshire Museum.