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.