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It’s 2004, and the wind sweeps across a barren field not far from England’s southeast coast. The site has been earmarked for housing, but those plans have been put on hold because of a grisly discovery. Hidden under the soil workers have found scores of human bones. It will take two seasons for the mass grave to be fully excavated by archeologists – and a further 15 years before a television documentary sheds new light on this fascinating find.

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For 3,000 years, this far-flung corner of England had kept its gruesome secret hidden from prying eyes. But in 2004 as archeologists excavated the site of the planned housing estate, they finally uncovered the horrifying truth. Over the course of nine centuries, more than two dozen people were buried on the Isle of Thanet, sparking a mystery that has captivated the world.

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