In Lincoln (northern England) archaeologists found 22 skeletons from Roman times. Two of them do not have heads.
The remains belong to men, women and children and are found on the former Roman cemetery in the Roman town Lindum Colonia. The cemetery was located outside the city walls, because it was forbidden to bury the dead in the city.
These two skeletons, which have no skulls, belonged to people whose heads were beheaded – probably to drive away the evil spirits. Perhaps the bodies belonged to criminals.
Scientists plan to protect human remains and carry them to the laboratory to determine age, sex, causes of death and diet.