Wednesday, April 25, 2012

X-ray may reveal Bronze Age secrets

Specialist scanning equipment at a hospital's spinal unit is being used to shed light on early Bronze Age burial discoveries.

The items unearthed on a Dartmoor burial site in Devon could prove to be one of the most important archaeological finds of the last 100 years.

The excavation, co-ordinated by Dartmoor National Park Authority, discovered the collection of early Bronze Age remains in a burial cist - a stone chest containing the ashes and belongings of a dead person - on Whitehorse Hill last year.

Now, under the expert eyes of Wiltshire Council's conservation service the items are being X-rayed to see what secrets they may be hiding.

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