Bones found at a prehistoric burial site indicate that they belonged
to victims of an ancient massacre, say scientists.
Remains of fourteen people were discovered at Wayland's Smithy, near Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, in the 1960s.
Latest techniques date the bones at between 3590 BC and 3560 BC,
and have led experts to believe the people may have died in a
Neolithic Age massacre.
English Heritage carried out the work with the help of Cardiff
University and the University of Central Lancashire.
Michael Wysocki of the University of Central Lancashire says the
findings suggest the Neolithic Age was more violent than previously
The victims - three of them probably killed by arrows - could
have died in a rush for land or livestock, he added.
He said: "We know one person was shot through the lower abdomen
because we have found the tiny tip of a flint arrowhead embedded in
their pelvic bone.
"We also know that the bodies of two people were scavenged and
partially dismembered by dogs or wolves before their remains were
buried in the monument.