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Four frightening archaeological finds

Severed hands

During the excavation of the once majestic Palace in the Egyptian city of tell El Daba near the throne room, scientists discovered four pits with human remains. The usual case for archaeology. But the eyes of archaeologists glistened when they saw that two pits were skeletons of men who have not had the brush in his right hand. The missing arm was found in two other pits.

All brushes have been found 14 pieces. According to Manfred Bietak, head of the excavations, “Most of the hands were rather large and some very large”. (Though we didn’t see the hands of Manfred; they are very small).

Apparently, the skeletons belonged to the murdered soldiers of the tribe of hexoses — the ancient people who conquered Egypt about 3.6 thousand years ago. In Ancient Egypt there was a custom according to which the warrior could cut off the right hand of the slain enemy and then to receive for it a reward — the so-called “gold of valor”. People knew how to live!

The fragment brushes, found during excavations

Frozen kids

For the ritual called capacocha the Incas selected the most beautiful and healthy children. They drove high into the mountains, gave a stupefying potion and sleepy children were freezing to the delight of the Inca gods. Inca parents tried to comfort herself with the fact that children, ameriyank way, becoming immortal. The ritual was held as over, and without — just to make sure of favour from the gods.

In 1999, a group of archaeologists led by Johan Reinhard, fumbling in the earth near the volcano Llullaillaco (a distant relative Eyjafjallajokull), suspect pushed a boulder and found the entrance to the crypt with well preserved bodies of three children.

Later, in laboratory conditions, a study was conducted on children hair. It turned out that their diet changed about a year before his death, which proves that careful preparation ritual killings.

The constructor of bones

In 2000 in Scotland were found the remains of men and women aged 3000 years. Professor, University of Manchester Terry brown carefully studied the remains of more than ten years (perhaps even take them home on weekends!) but something he never got…

Light on the origin of the skeletons helped to shed a DNA examination. It appeared that each skeleton were developed as a designer from the bones as many as six different people! Brown also found that the creators of the designer to “build” put the bones in a peat bog. The peat has mummifying properties — so that collectors knew his job. The explanation of the ritual is still unknown.

One of the bodies found during the excavations

The Vikings without a head

Complete our short list of archaeologists Dorset. Beautiful English foggy day scientists decided to dig near the country road. They had hoped to find a couple shards, or any other valuable piece of cobblestone. Their hopes were dashed: they dug up the mass grave of 54 warriors-the Vikings! All the warriors were decapitated, and heads were much smaller than the phone and the head buried with the torsos were in different pits.

The most plausible version is that it is painful, public executions of violent Vikings, with elements of the macabre rite (all heads have been severed by the blow of the sword on the neck front).

In VIII-IX centuries the Anglo-Saxons had to endure constant barbarian raids of the Scandinavians. Revenge maybe, or fear of dead Vikings, forced the ancient Britons to deal with enemies such compound.

The process of excavations of the bodies of the Vikings

The land is fraught with many interesting, intriguing and creepy. In the movie the mummy — resurrected monsters, Vikings — valiant barbarians, and the ancient Scottish — brave hearts (Yes, and all the Spartans with a perfect six-pack). The reality is sometimes less than heroic, but more complicated, and you can be sure that many more sensations awaits us in the future.

Four frightening archaeological finds
Severed hands During the excavation of the once majestic Palace in the Egyptian city of tell El Daba near the throne room, scientists discovered four pits with human remains. The…


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