Five human skeletons dug up by Brit workmen building a family patio

Workmen building a patio on a family’s property were stunned after digging up bones from five human skeletons.

Shocked builder Robbie Kearney made the gruesome discovery while digging a soakaway hole for the patio drainage.

It is believed the remains could be of three adults, one juvenile and a younger child, with one of them is understood to be female.

Forensic experts are now working to establish the age of the bones, which police say could take several weeks.

Robbie, 32, said he and his team instantly stopped work on the back garden of a house in Heytesbury, Wilts.

He said: “I found a few bones, which I assumed were animal bones and went down a bit further and found some more bones.

“Then I went a bit deeper and found a skull. That’s when I realised they were human remains.

“It came as a bit of a shock as I’ve never found a skull before."

Robbie, who works as a self-employed builder for Mouldings in South Newton and his colleague Paul Tapper, 48, instantly notified the property owner of their find.

Matthew and Amelia Jackson, who own the Georgian property immediately called police and scenes of crime vehicles were seen outside their home.

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Mr Jackson said: “It has certainly created some interest in the village.

“We have had workmen here since the beginning of last week building drainage and a soakaway in our lawn for a patio.

“The builders were digging up the lawn and made the discovery on Wednesday. We phoned the police who came out straight away.

"They were here on Thursday, along with forensic officers and one of the Wiltshire archaeologists came out.

“The remains have been sent away for carbon dating and it may be a while before we get the results.

“It’s all quite interesting. They mentioned the early medieval period, possibly the 5th century.”

The remains were found around 100 yards away from the 12th-century church of St Peter and St Paul.

Local historian Joe Charlesworth said: “They are likely to be from a plague pit. Rumour has it that there are more in the village.”

Sam Fox, of Wiltshire Council, described it as an "exciting and unexpected find."

Wiltshire Police said: “Enquiries are being carried following the discovery of bones in the garden of an address in Heytesbury.

“A forensic archaeologist has been at the site, working to establish how old these remains are.

“The scientific dating of the bones found at an address in Heytesbury has not yet been completed.

“At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest we are dealing with a crime scene.”

Mr Jackson said the remains would be treated with respect and will be reinterred once the carbon dating is complete.

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