Oldest open-air cemetery in the UK found

Published on July 25th, 2011 | by Admin


Two 10,000-year-old skulls found in a sand quarry in Sommerset, England, has led to the discovery of the UK’s ‘oldest’ open-air cemetery.

An analysis of weapons belonging to the Ancient Egyptian elite show that they were actually used in battle or for executions, and not just held for ceremonial purposes.

The new findings show that by around 8,300 BC, hunter-gatherers were burying their dead on what was once an island amid the Levels.
All the other human remains from this early period in Britain have been found in caves such as Aveline’s Hole in Somerset which is the largest Mesolithic burial ground in the UK.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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