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Facedown burials used to humiliate the dead

New research suggests that the dead weren’t buried facedown by accident, but rather on purpose, to shame them.

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.”

One thought on “Facedown burials used to humiliate the dead

  1. I have my doubts. What kind of ‘research’ would allow them to reach such a conclusion.

    And when did it start being called science when somebody just guesses about something? I’m guessing around 1998.

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