Prehistoric child to stay at museum

The bones of a prehistoric child will stay on display at a museum in Wiltshire despite a campaign by Druids for their reburial, English Heritage said.

The remains, dating back to 3,700BC, were subject to "extensive consultation'' after Druids argued that the infant should be returned to its original grave.

Now, nearly four years after the request, English Heritage and the National Trust say the body will remain at the Alexander Keiller Museum, near Avebury's famous stone circle.

English Heritage said the 5,000-year-old remains of the child, aged between two and three and whose sex is unknown, should stay on view "for the benefit of public access and understanding''.

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