Fresh calls have been made for answers about a mass grave found on the outskirts of a Buckinghamshire town. Around 80 skeletons, some with their hands tied behind their backs, were discovered at West Park Farm near Buckingham while archaeological work took place ahead of the planned construction of a care home on the site.
Little further detail has been released about what era the bodies come from or how they came to be buried in a mass grave in Aylesbury Vale. Now Buckinghamshire Council has been called upon to provide answers.
In a written question to Buckinghamshire Council's Cabinet, Buckingham West Councillor Robin Stuchbury said: "Further to my written question to the Cabinet meeting on September 13, 2021, can the Cabinet Member please provide an update on this matter? Is the Council or partners any closer to discovering who and how these people came to be buried on the outskirts of the town of Buckingham. I look forward to your verbal and written response on the progress made on this important archaeological site that will enable the facts to be known and the history to be understood."
Responding at Tuesday's meeting, Cllr Peter Strachen said the council had been 'working hard' to get information from Network Archaeology - the archaeological contractor which had carried out the dig. He added the research had been put on hold until the 'developer has paid them for the field work undertaken' and that discussions between the developer - Places for People - and the contractor were being reviewed.
Cllr Strachen added that the analysis, research and archiving would cost around £78,000. He said: "The county's archaeological team have held discussions with Historic England about the possibility of them funding the post-evacuation work through a grant but the responsibility for paying for this work does rest with the developer."
He added that the council is working to make sure information about the 'important' find made it into the public domain.
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