In some parts of Britain, man was on the menu

March 2, 2001

Cannibalism in Britain existed as recently as 2,000 years ago, say Bristol University archaeologists. Bones discovered in a cave at Alveston, Gloucestershire, by a local caving group, date from around the beginning of the Roman occupation and show evidence of cannibalism.

Mark Horton, reader in archaeology, said the most interesting find was a human thigh bone that had been split and the bone marrow scraped out. This, he said, was classic evidence of cannibalistic activity. The team believes it has found the site of a massacre of dozens of people.

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