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1,800-year-old murdered Roman child found

The 1,800-year-old remains of a murdered Roman child have been found during a dig at Vindolanda fort in Northumberland, England.

During a dig at Vindolanda Roman fort, the skeleton of a child, aged between eight and 10, was found in a shallow pit in the corner of a barrack-room.

Foul play is suspected, because human burials in built-up areas were strictly forbidden in Roman times.

It is thought the remains were those of a girl, and the position indicates that her hands could have been tied.

When the bones were first discovered, it was at first thought they were those of a large dog.

However, examinations by experts at Durham University revealed that they were the remains of a child.

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