Forty-two bodies have been discovered in old shallow graves on a construction site near Milton Keynes.
How the bodies – which all seem to have their hands tied up behind their backs – got there, is anyone’s guess at this stage.
They were discovered on a bit of old farmland in Buckinghamshire that is currently under development.
That’s a hell of a thing to accidentally dig up, particularly when you learn what they were planning to build.
Whilst the work to build 72 retirement homes was going on, the building company stumbled across the grisly find, and has been accused – according to the Milton Keynes Citizen – of attempting to keep the whole thing quiet.
Brio Retirement Living Holdings, a flat development company that is part of Places For People, is said to have discovered the find weeks ago and commissioned an archaeological investigation of the farmland to secure planning permission.
However, to this day no-one has actually seen the findings of the report. It seems as if these latest developments might lead to the public finally getting some answers.
That is, as long as the archaeologists manage to get their findings out into the public domain.
Now, all of the human remains have been moved and there’s just a big hole in the ground. We don’t yet know whether there were any other artefacts or helpful clues as to the age of the bones at the site.
That would have helped archaeologists determine more accurately a time that the bodies were placed there.
Robin Stuchbury, a councillor for Buckingham South, said: “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.”
A spokesperson for Buckinghamshire County Council: “We are unable to comment on the archaeological remains discovered at the West End Farm site at present, as we are still awaiting a report detailing the results from the archaeological contractors.”