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Pre-Hispanic burials found to be dismembered after death

Evidence has been found that some pre-Hispanic groups would dig up their decomposing dead, dismember the bodies, then rebury them.

A report by the National Institute of Anthropology and History says Indians at the Conchalito site apparently did that to release the dead from what they considered a state of suffering.

The report says many of the 157 graves studied since 1991 show evidence of the practice. The graves date from about A.D. 300 to the 1500s.

Archaeologist Alfonso Rosales-Lopez said Tuesday that bodies were dug up after a few months, once decomposition loosened joints enough to allow for dismemberment.

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