Workers laying water mains in Wiltshire had the shock their lives when they discovered skeletons in the earth, which are thought to date back to the early Iron age and Saxon periods.
Four skeletons in total were found, with one of them thought to be a female adult with her feet chopped off.
Her feet were reburied alongside her as well as the carcasses of at least two sheep or goats.
Two of the other burials were found with sword wounds to their hips and the other is thought to be the remains of a 10-year-old child.
Work was being carried out along the A303, near West Knoyle when the discovery was made.
The bones will now be carefully removed from the ground and will be cleaned before undergoing radiocarbon testing, to determine the date of when they were buried.