Skip to comments."Tomb of the Otters" Filled With Stone Age Human Bones
Posted on 07/10/2011 7:35:41 AM PDT by Renfield
Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say.
The 5,000-year-old burial site, on South Ronaldsay (map) in the Orkney Islands, was accidentally uncovered after a homeowner had leveled a mound in his yard to improve his ocean view.
The underground grave consists of a 4- by 0.75-meter (13- by 2.5-foot) central chamber surrounded by four smaller cells hewn from sandstone bedrock.
Capping the central chamber are large water-worn slabs supported by stone walls and pillars.
At least a thousand skeleton parts belonging to a mix of genders and age groupsincluding babieshave been found to date.
Layers of silt divide the remains, suggesting the tomb was in use for many generations, Gibson said....
The so called Tomb of the Otters came to light during a residential landscaping project.
Neolithic Scotland ping.
Well, they otter leave it alone.
They find Mrs. Wormer?
" I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
Where’s the link?
How soon will he be ordered off his land?
Nice view,that is if you do not mind the thousands of human remains
I pasted the link into its field before posting. I don’t know why it didn’t appear. That’s the second time this has happened to me in the last week.
Cave of Sawney Beane’s family?
Human haggis, it’s what’s for lunch.
So much for his landscaping project. But it’s a pretty cool find!
He’s a really smart guy if that is his Sprinter
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Yea, she was at a local pub laughing and giggling while rolling around on the floor.
5,000? Wonder if his house is haunted?
This should be a really exciting study if done right. A great opportunity was lost in Malta, when a site packed with remains of thousands of individuals was cleaned out and the bones thrown away. ;-(
It otter be, yes.