Mysterious archaeological finds – not an uncommon phenomenon
But if some of them are just curious, others rather frightening. Archaeologists – people are not shy, but sometimes from the bowels of the Earth they extract is that shocks even them. This article focuses on four such discoveries.
Pits with severed hands
During the excavation of the once magnificent Palace in the Egyptian city of Avaris, whose age is 3.5 thousand years, archaeologists found 4 pits with severed hands. Two of them were located in front of the building and two directly in his throne room. The head of the excavations, Manfred Bitak noted that all the limbs were right. Most of the remains were small, from which the expert concluded that these were the hands of adult men.
Historians believe that the found hand prove the existence of some ancient Egyptian traditions. The gist of it was this: the soldiers cut off the right hands of enemy soldiers and gave them to his commander, who then solemnly dropped “trophies” into the pit, and the men received a reward.
For Inca ritual “capacocha” was selected the most beautiful children. They were forced to climb into the Andes, on the mountaintops to die, freezing to please the gods. This ritual is performed as for any reason, and without it – that is,”just in case”. People believed that if a child was sacrificed this way, he will become immortal and equal to gods.
It is believed that the lion’s share of these sacrifices was opened in 1999 next to the volcano Llullaillaco, situated on the border between Argentina and Chile. A group of archaeologists led by Johan Reinhard has rolled back the stone that closed the entrance to the crypt, and found a terrible picture: among a large number of well-preserved ceremonial attributes were the mummified bodies of three frozen children.
“Designer” from the bones
In 2000 in Scotland during the excavations of settlements, whose age is defined in 3000 years, archeologists have found male and female skeletons. Professor Terry brown of Manchester University studied them for ten years, but some identification points were incomprehensible to the scientist.
However, after studying the DNA of the individual bones of the female skeleton it was found that both of the skeleton were made as “puzzles” from the bones of six different people. Upon further investigation it became clear that before assembling skeletons “craftsmen” immersed them in peat swamp, which, as you know, has a mummifying properties.
Who and why all this was necessary, not yet known to any researcher.
“Fast food” for the cannibal
In 1994, in the dark caves of El Sidron, located in the Northwest of Spain, archaeologists have found mummies 12 Neanderthals. As it turned out, it was one family.
The finding could not be classified as graves, as there were no characteristic features of a prehistoric cemetery. In addition, the death of all prehistoric humans was sudden.
But what is the cause of the incident? After much research, scientists have concluded that the family was the dinner for another group of “compatriots”. And the meal was what is called “in haste” because there were no signs of fire.