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Ancient humans drank out of skulls

Ice Age mugs made from a human skull has been found in a cave in southwestern England.

Bello suspects that ice age Britons hoisted hollowed-out craniums in rituals of some kind. Other human bones found near the skull cups show signs of flesh and marrow removal, a result either of cannibalism or mortuary practice. The striking similarities between the cave finds and historical examples of drinking cups made out of skulls further support a ritual role for the ice age receptacles, Bello says.

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Story: Bruce Bower, Science News | Photo: Natural History Museum

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