Sunday, January 24, 2016

In an Ancient Tomb, a Hierarchy of the Dead - The New York Times

In an Ancient Tomb, a Hierarchy of the Dead - The New York Times:



"A 6,000-year-old tomb in Northern Spain provides valuable information about an ancient Neolithic community, according to a new study in the journal PLOS One. The tomb holds the remains of 47 individuals, laid to rest in several layers. Individuals in the bottom tomb were closely related, and family members were buried side-by-side, DNA analysis suggests. In layers above, however, the bodies appear to be missing skeletal parts, including skulls, suggesting that these individuals encountered a more sinister demise. The analysis also showed that the community relied on cereals and other plant-based food for sustenance."



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