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Blog for 'burial pit' relief road

The skulls found in the pit
The discovery was described as find as "rare and incredible"

A multimillion pound road development in Dorset has become the county council's first project to have its own online blog.

The Weymouth Relief Road site attracted much interest when archaeologists found an ancient burial pit last week.

The £87m road is being built to ease traffic between Dorchester and Weymouth and Portland, where the Olympic sailing events will be held in 2012.

The blog will be updated weekly with pictures and reports as work continues.

'Catastrophic event'

Andy Ackerman, head of highways at Dorset County Council, said: "We understand that different members of the public will want to be kept informed in different ways.

"This blog is another way in which we will help residents to easily keep track of what is happening."

The burial site, on Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth, is thought to date from the late Iron Age to early Roman times.

Skulls, rib cages and leg bones, thought to be from young men, were arranged in separate parts of the pit.

Archaeologists said they appeared to have been victims of a "catastrophic event" like an execution or disease.

Archaeological finds from the Weymouth Relief Road project will be put on show at a Dorset museum after they have been analysed and catalogued.



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