February 1, 2016

Bones bones, dem dry bones

Filed under: Bodies, bodies everywhere! — acagle @ 8:01 pm

Archaeologists Discover a Neolithic Burial Ritual Like No Other

During excavations at Shkārat Msaied, in southern Jordan, a strange burial site was unearthed revealing a ritual unlike any the archaeologists had previously encountered. After the dead were buried and the bodies had decomposed to the point only their skeletons remained; the bones were removed from their grave, the skeletons dismantled and then bones of similar types – and from similar age groups – from multiple skeletons were combined and reburied together.

This isn’t actually all that unusual, bodies were often left to decompose and then the bones gathered up and placed elsewhere, often combined with others.

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