Yorkshire Remains May be Child Sacrifice
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2003-06-18 21:03
Yorkshire Post: A child's remains discovered in an ancient burial site in the Yorkshire Dales
may have been a human sacrifice.
Archaeologists excavating a site near Kettlewell in Yorkshire, England, have
found a second skeleton of a child. The site is believed to be a ritual cairn
which could be as much as 4,000 years old. The graves, which circle the cairn,
are thought to be ritual burials leading the scientists to believe that the
children may have been sacrificed.
"We can only speculate the reasons for them being there," said Roger Martlew of
Leeds University. "They could have been
the children of the local chieftain, and there's some evidence of disease in the
first skeleton, and there may be some connection. But we can't rule out
sacrifice. I think these burials were made for very significant reasons."
The discoveries have come at the end of a two year field study by Dr. Martlew
and his students.
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