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Concern over skeletons discovered in Buckingham

Concern over skeletons discovered in Buckingham

Published by Dan Gooding at 4:26pm 29th January 2020. (Updated at 5:04pm 29th January 2020)

42 skeletons have been found buried on a building site in Buckingham and there is some controversy going on.

We are only just hearing about the discovery on West End Farm, as the MK Citizen revealed the discovery which actually happened back in December.

It is thought the bodies - which have now all been removed - could date as far back as Anglo Saxon times.

The site is being redeveloped into retirement flats and there are worries about the apparent secrecy surrounding the findings, which could be really important for Buckingham's history.

The County Council told us:

"Buckinghamshire County Archaeology Service monitored the archaeological excavations carried out at West End Farm, Buckingham, which were was a condition of  planning permission for a new care home on the site.  A number of unusual burials were excavated, including some groups of skeletons that appeared to have their hand tied behind their backs.

"We are awaiting the results of the post-excavation analysis to establish how old the burials are, and details such as the age and gender of those buried, their origins, health, illnesses and cause of death.  This analysis can take some months to undertake, and the results will be presented in a report from the archaeological specialist consultant once work is complete.

"This is obviously a very important site for Buckingham, with a fascinating story, and we look forward to sharing the results once we have them."

Councillor Robin Stuchbury told the MK Citizen:

“This find is of great historical significance to Buckingham and it should not be hushed up.

“I am aware that the bodies were found in December. There were more than 40 of them and they had their hands bound behind their backs, which infers they were prisoners of some kind.

“They could date from Anglo Saxon times, when there were killings in Buckingham, or from during the Civil War, which also saw casualties. Or they could be criminals who were hanged on the gallows in the town.

“The fact is, we have a right to know. This is part of our history.”

We have approached Places for People, who are behind the development, for comment.

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