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Severed hands found in Egyptian palace

The remains of 16 skeletal hands have been found during excavations at a palace in the ancient Egyptian city of Avaris.

The archaeologists have unearthed the skeletons of 16 human hands buried in four pits. Two of the pits, located in front of what is believed to be a throne room, hold one hand each. Two other pits, constructed at a slightly later time in an outer space of the palace, contain the 14 remaining hands.

They are all right hands; there are no lefts.

“Most of the hands are quite large and some of them are very large,” Manfred Bietak, project and field director of the excavations, told LiveScience.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Alex Krause

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