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Bronze Age skeletons found in dig
Archaelologists say the skeletons are over 3,000 years old
Archaeologists have unearthed a unique site in Kent which they claim contains the best preserved examples of Bronze Age skeletons.

The discovery was made in a six-month excavation of a plot of land in Ramsgate, which is due to be the site of a new housing development.

The location has not been revealed because of its national importance.

Archaeologist Darren Godden said the find would help explain what happened to human remains during the Bronze Age.

'Perfectly preserved'

"This is of real national importance because graves from this period just aren't really found.

"Yet here we have a number of different skeletons," he said.

The skeletons have been preserved from decay for over 3,000 years in the clay soil.

Archaeologists said they did not want the exact location of the dig disclosed in case it was disturbed.

John Elliot from Millwood Design Homes said his first thought was of the high cost of not being able to build on the land until, the dig is complete

"But my second thought as a citizen is that the discovery is very exciting", he said.

The skeletons are due to go on show to the public at an exhibition in Thanet in February.

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