German researchers are piecing together the life of a prehistoric woman who died more than 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic period, after her skeleton was found during excavation works for wind turbines, reports AFP.
The “Lady of Bietikow,” as she has been named, was found near a village of the same name in northeastern Germany’s Uckermark region. The skeleton had been buried in a settlement in a squatting position, one of the oldest known forms of burial, according to local media. Investigations have shown that she was between 30 and 45 years old and died more than 5,000 years ago. That means that she lived during the same period as Oetzi the Iceman, the stunningly preserved corpse found by tourists in the Alps in the 1990s.“You can compare Oetzi and the Lady of Bietikow in terms of age,” said Philipp Roskoschinski, one of the two archaeologists who made the discovery in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin.