Uncovered due to the construction of the nearby M6 motorway, the excavation at Mackney ringfort found a long sequence of settlement and occupation activity at the site.
The fort dates between the 8th and 17th century. A range of internal features also survived within the ringfort. It is believed that the fort was later used as a burial place as the excavations discovered 143 individual skeletons, primarily of infants under the age of six years, concentrated in the south-western arc of the ring fort ditch.
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