30 Jan, 2016 @ 12:12
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Ancient Spanish tomb containing human remains reveals Stone Age burial secrets

Neolithic Site attribute to Leonora Enking Flickr

Neolithic Site attribute to Leonora Enking-Flickr. jpgA MASS grave in Spain has shed light on how a 6,000-year-old community brought new burial practices to Europe.

The Neolithic tomb near Burgos contains 50 skeletons from a close-knit farming community.

Researchers from the University of Valladolid have discovered that these Stone Age citizens were among the first to use permanent stone memorials to remember their dead forebears.

A researcher said: “Where a tomb had once stood, a monument to the memory of the ancestors was now erected as a permanent reference to their presence in the symbolic and cultural landscape.”

The study also found the community probably bred sheep and goats and suffered from degenerative joint diseases.

Joe Duggan (Reporter)

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