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1,000 human bones found in Stone Age chamber

Over a thousand human bones have been found in a burial chamber in Orkney.

Team leader Dan Lee, projects officer with the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca), said: “To find 1,000 human bones, and possibly as many as 2,000 – there are still layers and parts of the cell to fully uncover – in just one cell, is absolutely amazing.

“We have discovered an incredible assemblage of disarticulated human bones. All parts of the human skeleton were represented, including tiny bones such as finger bones, sternums and kneecaps.

“They covered all age ranges, from very young children, perhaps even babies, to adults.

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Story: Angus Howarth, Scotsman | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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