A Danish multidisciplinary team has made a discovery in an ancient settlement in southern Jordan that reveals that the deceased were not buried until their remains had decomposed by the action of time.
Moritz kinzel, researcher of Department of Intercultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, noted that many of the bones belong to different people and were buried together.
The most striking thing about the case is that the different parts of the bodies were sorted and buried in mass graves, where the bones were found arranged by groups, as if it were some kind of ritual or offering. At the moment they continue working in the Shkārat area, where so far they have found the skeletons belonging to more than 70 people.
Another aspect that has drawn the attention of the research team is that there are an unusual number of bodies of children buried, which range from the youngest babies to teenagers.
According to Kinzel, This shows that at that time there was not a great roots of burying children inside the houses as it did in other areas of the country.. It also confirmed that three other new burials had been discovered that house at least 10 children and two adults, as well as other places they have yet to investigate.
A large number of animal bones were also discovered next to human burials, including goats, sheep, foxes and the occasional bird, which has been surprising because it is not normal to make these findings.
Kinzel stated that it is not known if this kind of burial has something to do with ritualism or ceremonies but everything points to is there some kind of ritual behavior associated with themAlthough it is still necessary to continue investigating to obtain more information or to be able to have several hypotheses about this aspect of this peculiar burial.
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Another point to take into account of this discovery is a coffin made of stone, where the skulls of the deceased were going stacked on one side and the longest bones of the body at the other end, making if possible even more mysterious this discovery which still needs to be investigated a lot.
For this, all possible security measures have been taken and some of the discovered bones have been taken to Copenhagen so that they can be studied in depth and more can be learned about the lifestyle that those people led and what could be the powerful reason why the remains were buried that way.
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