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6 August 2013
Early Bronze Age human skeleton discovered in Kent

A 3,500-year-old early Bronze Age man has been discovered near Hollingbourne (Kent, England). Archaeologists unearthed the man, believed to have been in his teens or early 20s, next to a field called No Mans Acres, which lays just on the border of Harrietsham. His complete skeleton - thought to date back to about 1,500 BCE - was found in a 3ft-deep barrow.
     Dr Paul Wilkinson, of the Kent Archaeological Field School, who led the investigation, said: "In a way, he'll be now talking to us over thousands of years as scientists at the University of Kent examine his remains to establish his age and how he died. His teeth will also give a clue as to what part of the world he came from." De Wilkinson added: "He was buried in the classic crouch position normally associated with the early Bronze Age. His legs were up to his chin and his hands up to his chest. There were no signs he suffered injury or trauma. When the tests are completed we will return him to the earth in exactly the same spot where we discovered him."
     The excavation of the circular burial ground site, about the width of a football pitch, took place last month with a team of 30 people. The location is just a mile away from where an ancient Neolithic ceremonial site, the size of Stonehenge, was discovered on the North Downs at Harrietsham, dating back to 2,500 BCE - the end of the Stone Age.

Edited from Kent Online (2 August 2013)

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