Cannibalism theory over bone-find

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Cannibalism theory over bone-find

Postby simonwheeler » Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:42 am

A human bone found in Devon with tool-cut marks thought to have been made during a ritual ceremony 9,000 years ago may be evidence of cannibalism.

Dr Rick Schulting of the University of Oxford's School of Archaeology said: "Finds like this highlight the complexity of mortuary practices in the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age), many thousands of years before the appearance of farming, which is more usually associated with complex funerary behaviour."

The museum said only one other site in Britain had yielded similar human remains with cut marks of this age - Gough's Cave at Cheddar Gorge.

"Some archaeologists have interpreted these marks as evidence of cannibalism, but ritual burial practice or dismemberment for transportation has not been ruled out," a museum spokesperson said.

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