Scientists studying a site on the southeast coast of Wales were in for a surprise when they uncovered six skeletons.
The site, on the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast, has been victim to coastal erosion, which in the process has revealed the mysterious skeletons.
While it remains unclear how old the skeletons are, the researchers suggest that they may have been victims of a shipwreck hundreds of years ago.
Professor Jacqui Mulville, who led the Cardiff University team, said: “Many of the skeletons have lost bones to the sea, but early analysis of the burial positions of the individuals has been revealing.
“There is a single younger individual, buried away from the rest, with others buried side by side or even together in a single grave.
“Our latest thinking is that these are Tudor or Stuart men who may have been the victims of shipwreck.
“We aim to tell more of their stories and return their identities to them through ongoing post-excavation analysis.”
The excavations were carried out over three days in July and five days in September.
While the team is still carrying out detailed analysis of the human remains, we’ll get a sneak peek tonight.
Preliminary results focused on the first excavated individual will be revealed in the eighth series of BBC Four’s Digging for Britain on 20th November.
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