Facedown burials used to humiliate the dead
Published on June 25th, 2009 | by Admin1
Lead study author Caroline Arcini of Sweden’s National Heritage Board detected a common thread in the burials she studied: “That society sanctioned this apparently negative treatment of the dead,” she said.
The unnerving burials often appear to signify “behavior that is out of the norm—it is not accepted, what [the dead] have done,” Arcini said.
Shaming the dead “is most probably a deep-rooted behavior in humankind.”