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Why Would Medieval Siberian Nomads Ritually Sacrifice Their Seriously Ill Companions?

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:01
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 Excavations at the site of in Siberia. Source: Andrey Plekhanov

Unique crouched burials for this period – comprising a seriously ill quartet – presents archaeologists with a puzzle. The find of four graves from the 11th century site Yur-Yakha III are unlike anything else seen from this era in Yamal, say scientists. Two of the dead were young women aged around 18 to 20 and all had ‘serious diseases’. – Reconstructing the story of humanity’s past


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