Archaeologists surprised by medieval remains at Gallo-Roman site

The last thing that archaeologists working on the Roman site of Intaranum near Entrains-sur-Nohain, France expected to find was a mass grave in a well dating to the 8th-10th centuries.

The remains of 20 to 30 people, men, women and children, were discovered within the well were found at all angles, appearing to have been dumped there. The remains date to the time of great unrest in Carolingian Burgundy, including Viking raids and a war of succession in the empire. Either of these things could explain the bodies, which may have been villagers caught in the middle of conflict.