Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Credit: Bello et al.Cheddar Gorge and nearby areas of Somerset in England are world famous for their cheddar cheeses, many of which are aged in caves. But Gough’s Cave, located in the gorge, is also famous for something else entirely: cannibalism. One of the most extensive assemblages of human bones showing evidence for cannibalism was found in the cave over the course of multiple excavations. A bone from the assemblage, a right radius (forearm), has zig-zag marks on one side. New research on the marks, published in the journal PLOS ONE, concludes that they are engravings, which were likely incised on the bone by whomever consumed the flesh of the person around 14,700 years ago. The discovery follows prior analysis in 2011 of human skulls of the same age from the cave. Lead author Silvia Bello and colleagues Simon Parfitt and Chris Stringer, all from the Natural History Museum in London, determined that the skulls were “scrupulously cleaned” of soft tissues and oth

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

The prehistoric cannibals of southern England marked up the bones of the people they ate.

Thu 10 Aug 17 from BBC News

Human bones may have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic ritual

Human bones may have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic ritual during the Paleolithic period, according to a study published August 9, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Silvia ...

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14,700 years ago, cannibals conducted rituals in this English cave

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Wed 9 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

Stone Age Cannibals Engraved Marks on Human Bones

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Wed 9 Aug 17 from Livescience

Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

LONDON (Reuters) - Engravings on a human bone from a prehistoric archaeological site in a cave in southern England shows that human cannibals ate their prey and then performed ritualistic burials ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Reuters

Paleolithic bones reveal evidence of ritualistic cannibalism

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Wed 9 Aug 17 from UPI


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