In a swamp in Denmark, archaeologists have found a 5,000-year-old ritual body

(ORDO NEWS) — A team of ROMU archaeologists led by Emil Struve found the body of a man in a swamp in Denmark that could have been sacrificed during a ritual. The age of the find is about 5 thousand years.

At the moment, little is known about the found person: archaeologists have yet to establish the sex of the victim from the pelvic bones and the age from the condition of the teeth.

During the initial excavations, scientists found only leg bones, a pelvis and a fragment of the lower jaw with teeth.

The rest of the bones probably lay above the protective layer of peat in the swamp and were not preserved. In any case, excavations will continue only in the spring, when the swamp thaws.

Scientists hope to be able to isolate ancient human DNA from preserved bones.

Next to the human remains, scientists found animal bones and the tip of a flint axe. What is interesting: the tip of the ax after manufacturing was never used for its intended purpose – it was made specifically before the sacrifice.

The brand new ax and animal parts could have been offerings, indicating the ritualistic nature of the killing. Scientists suggest that the body was placed in a swamp during the Neolithic or New Stone Age.

We know that the tradition of human sacrifice dates back to that time – we have other examples,” Struve told.

So-called bog bodies are often found in this region. Some of them are victims of accidents, but according to scientists, most of the bog bodies are intentional sacrifices that were performed by ancient people during famines or other disasters.


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