When the utility workers first dig into the ground, their only thoughts are likely of preserving this precious waterway. But that undoubtedly changes when the diggers encounter something completely unexpected. They unearth skeletons, in fact. Dozens of them. And when experts later arrive on the scene, they argue that the remains present some sinister hypotheses. Perhaps, the researchers say, these bones are the result of human sacrifice.
The ancient civilizations who lived on the British islands thousands of years ago could have had little idea that their actions would define an era. Nowadays, you see, historians refer to the time from approximately 800 BC to 43 AD as the U.K.’s Iron Age. And as it turns out, the period carried more significance than just the adoption of iron tools.
That’s because not only did the people of the Iron Age learn to work with metal, but they also cordoned themselves off into regional tribes. Each group had its own distinct way of life too. These peoples crafted their pottery differently, for example, and used iron in their own fashions as well.