Monday, August 22, 2011

Hambleden's Roman brothel infant mass burial mystery deepens

THE mystery surrounding a mass burial site from Roman times in Hambleden – thought to be a brothel – has deepened with further research.

Last year a Chiltern archaeologist suggested the brothel idea after new work on an excavation from 1912 at the Yewden villa, in the village, near Marlow.

The remains of 97 babies, who died at 40 weeks gestation, were found there.

In 2008, the remains of the infants were rediscovered packed in cigarette cases in a dusty museum storeroom by Dr Jill Eyers from Chiltern Archaeology.

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