Palaeolithic remains show cannibalistic habits in Homo Antecessors

Palaeolithic remains show cannibalistic habits in Homo Antecessors

A team of researchers from the Museum of Natural History, the University of London and some Spanish academics have analyzed the remains of the famous Somerset archaeological site and they have confirmed the existence of a culture that knew how to butcher human bodies.

Although the investigations in the somerset cave, where the remains were found, they ended in 1992, the analysis of the bones found in it have continued during these years. Since the cave was discovered in the 19th century, it was used to be shown to the public, emptied of sediment and did not make an archaeological care of the place. The excavations that were carried out later showed that there were human remains interspersed with dismembered remains of mammals, different types of flint and antlers among other things, so they began to study the remains more thoroughly.

The director of the excavation Silvia Bello, has confirmed that during the study of the bodies they have found evidence of human bites, skulls modified to be used as cups and broken bones to find the marrow, which would confirm cannibalism.

The evidence of cannibalism found in this cave has parallels with others found in other caves. What differentiates this place from others is that cannibalism was part of a death ritual which was done with the consumption of bodies and where skulls were used as cups.


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