Human bones and ashes unearthed at Nazi massacre site dubbed ‘Death Valley’

Human ashes and scorched bones have been discovered at the suspected slaughter sight of a notorious World War Two Nazi massacre.

Archaeologist Dawid Kobialka unearthed human remains just one or two centimetres beneath the surface near Chojnice, northern Poland, it is claimed.

Up to 1,000 people are believed to have been killed during in the area in 1945 by Nazi troops during World War Two.

It is so notorious it has become known as the Death Valley, but the exact location of the mass murders pictured was unknown.

Dr now believes he may have identified the killing site, after scorched bones were found along with human ashes just below the soil.

He said: "Our main goal was to find material remains related to executions in the Death Valley from the Second World War.

"We followed a standard archaeological methodology: archival research, non-invasive research, a metal detector survey, we looked for witnesses and, finally, we carried out test excavations.

"All the obtained data resulted in discovering what we believe is an execution spot and a place where the bodies of victims were burned to cover up evidence of the crime."

Dr Kobialka claims it's evidence that fits with witness accounts of bodies being burned after the massacre and said witness Kazimierz Janikowski helped lead him to the site.

In 1945 Kazimierz was a young boy and said he went to the Death Valley and found burned human remains.

Mr Kazimierz led Dr Kobialka to the area and "the place he indicated was about 40m" from where the archaeologist found human remains.

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Dr Kobialka said: "The victims were murdered from a close distance and then the bodies were thrown into a cremation hearth."

The finding of human remains at the site follows the discovery of other artefacts related to the massacre, with many also showing signs of burning.

Dr Kobialka said: "We found material evidence of the crime, e.g. bullets and shells from Walther PPK and P08 Parabellum German pistols.

"We found personal belongings of the victims like buttons, pocket knives, coins and devotional articles. We found an earring and a fragment of a brooch, among others.

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"Most of the artefacts have marks which confirm that they had contact with fire and high temperatures. Some artefacts made of aluminium are completely smelted."

The 1945 massacre was one of two that took place at the Death Valley, with the other taking place in 1939, and targeting Polish intellectuals and community leaders.

It's thought that victims of the later massacre, meanwhile, were Gestapo prisoners from the city of Bydgoszcz, 44 miles to the south.

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