A 4,500-year-old skeleton found in Germany gives a new understanding of ancient burial practices

The researchers found the remains of a 4,500-year-old woman buried in a simple but lovingly made grave in Germany. The discovery was made by Philip Roskoshinsky and a group of archaeologists from the firm Archaeros during excavations in Ackermark, a rural county 60 miles northeast of Berlin. Although the burial site itself was modest, the position and position of the woman suggest a possible link with other ancient burials seen far from these sites, such as in Scotland.

The remains were placed in one of the oldest recorded burials in Europe, inverted to the right side and facing north, and the legs and arms bent into a peculiar position of the fruit.

This position is similar to that of another body found on the Scottish island of Tiri, which researchers believe was more than 5000 years old, suggesting that this may be a sign of some common practice practiced by many heterogeneous populations across Europe.




There are even more questions than answers for this grave, and few clues as to what kind of life a woman could lead. “Unfortunately, there were no other findings in the grave that could tell us more about the life of a woman. But the place was lovingly surrounded by fieldstones,” said the archaeologists.

Scientists plan to conduct a series of genetic tests on the remains to try to learn more about the possible health conditions of the woman. They will also study her teeth samples for clues about her diet to try to learn more about her lifestyle and perhaps her social status.

Her grave was not in a graveyard, but near the settlement. No serious goods were left behind. The exact date of burial has not yet been determined, but archaeologists believe that she was buried between 2200 and 2500 BC, i.e. during the late Neolithic period.

It is already noted that the remains show clear signs of rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency, often due to lack of sunlight. Researchers have advanced the hypothesis that this condition may indicate that a woman is forced to stay indoors for most of her life, which may indicate a special religious role that limited her dark inner space.

However, if she had been a respected religious person, it was unlikely that her grave would have been so simple, suggesting that she might have been a witch or a lower-class spiritualist. Alternatively, experts also suggest that she might have worn a suit that tightly covered her body and face or she might have been a domestic slave.

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