Criminals' Remains Found in Oxford Castle Moat

Archaeology Magazine: The remains of about seventy prisoners, some dating back to the 16th century, have been found in excavations of the moat at Oxford Castle. The victims, mostly men in their twenties (though a few women in their forties, and a 12-year-old child), seem to have been hanged, and they were buried in unconsecrated ground, some of them face down or on their sides. Some showed signs of having been dissected postmortem for medical instruction or experimentation.

Andrew Norton, the field archaeologist running the dig, said that the find "has given us a much greater understanding of the way in which the bodies of executed criminals were treated in postmedieval England."