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An artist's rendition of how a Pict may have looked. (The Sunday Times) 0

Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Remains at Elite School

  Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Remains at Elite School Archaeologists recently uncovered the decapitated heads of children, buried since the Bronze Age in a remote cave on the grounds of the prestigious Gordonstoun School in Scotland. As the Daily Mail reports, the remains date back to the period between 1100 B.C. and 900 B.C. Taken in the context of modern sensibilities, this discovery may seem grisly and hint at unsavory customs within ancient Scottish culture, but history especially should never be taken at face value. A History of Discovery First, it’s important to understand that ancient remains within Scottish caves are...

Skull and hands buried together in Brazil is oldest known example of decapitation burial ritual in Americas. (Danilo Bernardo/CNN) 0

9,000-year-old Skull is Oldest Known American Ritual Decapitation

9,000-Year-Old Skull  is Oldest Known American Decapitation Academics generally accept that decapitation was practiced by Amerindians. A new discovery has revealed that the practice may have been both older and more widespread, and may even have been performed for different reasons, than previously known. A team led by André Strauss of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has used accelerator mass spectrometry to date a male skull, cervical vertebrae, and hands found buried together in Lapa do Santo, Brazil.  The remains were dated at 9,000 years before the present. Previously, the oldest known examples were only 3,000 years...