Newport Ship Skeleton Theory

A skeleton found under the Newport Ship could have belonged to a man who was decapitated in a sacrificial killing, a leading archaeologist working on the project says. But there is also the possibility that he met his end in the waters of the River Usk by drowning.

Kate Hunter, Newport Ship project leader, said there was no firm evidence that the man, discovered to be from the Iron Age, had been decapitated - but she believes he could have fallen foul of a sacrificial killing, which were common during the period.