5,000-year-old tomb complex unearthed on Orkney Islands

November 1st, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 1 (ANI): Archaeologists on Orkney have discovered a 5,000-year-old tomb complex, which contains skulls in it.

There is a large Neolithic burial complex nearby called The Tomb of the Eagles where over 300 bodies were found.

“Potentially these skeletons could tell us so much about Neolithic people. Not only in relation to their deaths, but their lives,” the BBC quoted Orkney Islands Council archaeologist Julie Gibson as saying.

One end of the tomb was accidentally removed as it was discovered and as a result, the burial site has now been flooded, so the contents have to be recovered before they are damaged or destroyed.

“There might also be other material, pottery or organics such as woven grass, buried in there - which cannot last under the circumstances,” said Gibson. (ANI)

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