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Dig planned at rare ‘Neolithic mortuary’ in Aberdeenshire

21 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Dig planned at rare ‘Neolithic mortuary’ in Aberdeenshire

Archaeologists hope to carry out a fresh dig at what they believe could be the site of a 5,500-year-old “mortuary” in Aberdeenshire, reports BBC.

The Neolithic enclosure in what is now Aden Country Park may have been used for excarnation, the removal of flesh leaving only bones for burial.

This sometimes involved leaving bodies outdoors for scavenging animals.

Remains of an enclosure marked by wooden posts and living trees were first found in a dig in November 2018. Archaeologists said this “exciting, extremely rare discovery” had resulted in the need to carry out a further excavation.

They hope to uncover more of the history of the site and confirm the layout of the possible Neolithic structure.


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