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Ancient 'Cow Woman' Skeleton Called Bizarre
Discovery News ^ | Thu Jun 28, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 07/03/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Ancient 'Cow Woman' Skeleton Called Bizarre

The skeleton of the 1400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow. Credit Faye Simpson

The skeleton of a 1,400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow has emerged from a former children's playground near Cambridge in England, making the "cow woman" an extraordinary unique find.

Described as "hugely exciting" and "bizarre," the burial was uncovered by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire.

The find is believed to be the only one of its kind ever found in Europe.

"Usually it is warrior men who are discovered buried with their animals. Never before have we found a woman buried alongside a cow," Faye Simpson, of the Department of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, said.

Simpson and colleague Duncan Sayer, from the University of Central Lancashire, believe the burial indicates the woman enjoyed a high social status within her community.

The woman skeleton with grave goods. Credit Faye Simpson

A cow is symbolic of economic and domestic power. In the 5th century this animal was a very important to a community’s survival, so to sacrifice one is highly significant. Such a unique burial indicates the woman's role as regional elite," Simpson told Discovery News.

According to the researchers, the community would have wanted to give the woman something really important to show respect -- something they wouldn't have done for just anybody.

"She was buried in the late 5th century, a significant period after the Roman occupation. The burial demonstrates that the reordering of social boundaries could include important matriarchal figures," Simpson said.

The theory is backed by the abundance of grave goods unearthed with the skeleton. These include two small disc brooches, three necklaces made of glass beads, amber beads, wrist clasps, belt buckle, strap end, and belt hanger with set of keys.

Analysis of the woman's bones and teeth suggest she was in her twenties or thirties when she died.

"We have not yet ascertained her cause of death, although there does not appear to be any significant trauma evident to suggest a violent death," Simpson said.

Photos: The skeleton of the 1400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow. Credit: Faye Simpson; - The woman skeleton with grave goods. Credit: Faye Simpson.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Reference; Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: ancienthistory; anglosaxon; archaeology; archeology; bones; bossy; cowgirl; cowwoman; godsgravesglyphs; graveyard; skeleton; unitedkingdom
An excellent find in the U.K.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 2:33:29 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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FYI ... more coverage:

“Who was she? Mystery of the bejewelled Anglo-Saxon woman found buried beside sacrificial cow in unique discovery”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2167864/Archaeologists-discover-extremely-rare-burial-site-Anglo-Saxon-woman-sacrificial-cow.html#ixzz1zb7tKQmQ

“Bizarre find makes history”

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/education/bizarre-find-makes-history-1-4692039


2 posted on 07/03/2012 2:36:28 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

She must have really loved that cow.


3 posted on 07/03/2012 2:38:06 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe she was a cowgirl


4 posted on 07/03/2012 2:39:17 PM PDT by Inyokern
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To: DogByte6RER

Holy cow!


5 posted on 07/03/2012 2:42:18 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I told my wife that when I die, I want to be buried with a spear in one hand and an iPod in the other to really throw “researchers” off 1,000 years from now.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 2:42:46 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyokern

7 posted on 07/03/2012 2:44:06 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: DogByte6RER

Given the headline: ‘Cow Woman’, I immediately assumed it was Michelle’s granny...


8 posted on 07/03/2012 2:44:30 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Inyokern
You may be onto something here ...
9 posted on 07/03/2012 2:44:52 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

So the cow died and fell on the woman....big deal.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 2:45:16 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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11 posted on 07/03/2012 2:46:53 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Inyokern

You must be just down the highway from me!


12 posted on 07/03/2012 2:50:49 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: DogByte6RER

13 posted on 07/03/2012 3:01:02 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe an heir to queen Boudicca?


14 posted on 07/03/2012 3:03:28 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: DogByte6RER
A bodacious woman perhaps.


15 posted on 07/03/2012 3:06:46 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: caveat emptor

One day somebody’s going open a tomb or unearth a skeleton,
and some germ or virus that killed them is going to be loosed.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 3:13:04 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: caveat emptor

is that Lady tata’s?


17 posted on 07/03/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Mmogamer

saw that movie, highly unlikely.


18 posted on 07/03/2012 3:16:41 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Inyo-Mono

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget to throw a few Roman coins in your pocket along with some US change. Who ever digs you up is going to think you are a time traveler.


19 posted on 07/03/2012 3:20:44 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Man of my heart. While traveling in a remote but historic area of Virginia, I stopped and carved the date 1789 into an off the path boulder w/ initials and a figure. Of course it was 1989.

Still have my masonry tools.

20 posted on 07/03/2012 3:23:49 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: DogByte6RER

It was probably just a beloved pet or companion, so they decided to bury it with her, and have a BBQ at the same time...


21 posted on 07/03/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: DogByte6RER
The skeleton of the 1400-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman buried alongside a cow.

That's bad English; it means the woman was 1400 years old when she died and they buried her with a cow. It should read "The 1400 year old skeleton of a woman buried with a cow..."

22 posted on 07/03/2012 3:41:02 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL! 1789, that was the year that one of my ancestors emigrated from Pendleton County to Harrison County in Virginia (now West Virginia). You could have put his name on it.

I think it would be fun to buy some of those cheap, made in China, flint arrow heads that they sell in cheesy souvenier shops and toss them around historical sites.


23 posted on 07/03/2012 3:41:33 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyokern

A loving husband buried his wife and her mother in the same plot.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 4:03:00 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: DogByte6RER

None of you have any imagination. The woman was wealthy, and had made some power plays in the village that her rival didn’t like. So some spoiled milk was made a part of of some tragedy, probably food poisoning, and the milk was traced back to the cow, and the cow belonged to the woman, so the cow and the woman were buried alive to punish the “witchcraft.” And in that way, the dead woman’s rival was able to pass the first EPA milk safety laws that eventually led to Britain rejecting football for soccer, gutting their navy, and letting the Muslims install sharia law.


25 posted on 07/03/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Bovinacea?


26 posted on 07/03/2012 4:14:58 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: DogByte6RER

When the milkmaid died, nobody else wanted to take care of that cow.


27 posted on 07/03/2012 4:17:28 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Thane_Banquo

Yes. Good for her! She’s FINALLY achieved her “15 seconds of fame!”.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 4:30:36 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Thane_Banquo

Yes. Good for her! She’s FINALLY achieved her “15 seconds of fame!” (Good things come to them that waits)


29 posted on 07/03/2012 4:31:32 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: DogByte6RER

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12986792
This is her g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-gg-
granddaughter


30 posted on 07/03/2012 5:00:18 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Cowgirls rule!.)
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

... for your consideration. Hugs, Mom


31 posted on 07/03/2012 5:23:56 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: DogByte6RER

its called COWPOX /s


32 posted on 07/03/2012 5:38:50 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: DogByte6RER

DNA tests show that the woman is a direct ancestor of Rachel Madcow.


33 posted on 07/03/2012 8:29:31 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe she screwed up somehow and got the family cow killed.

This is a message to the other cow herders not to mess up.

Pretty effective I’d say. We are talking about it thousands of years later.


34 posted on 07/03/2012 10:21:42 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: momtothree; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks momtothree.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


35 posted on 07/04/2012 5:26:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Vermont Lt
"This is a message to the other cow herders not to mess up. "

Yeah, little missy.

You're going with the next cow in your care that dies.

36 posted on 07/04/2012 5:35:46 AM PDT by blam
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To: AD from SpringBay

LOL!


37 posted on 07/04/2012 5:54:25 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

The only person who didn’t think it bizarre was mooch-elle (who felt somehow oddly attracted to it).


38 posted on 07/04/2012 6:00:02 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: DogByte6RER

39 posted on 07/04/2012 6:04:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: caveat emptor
A Boudica-like woman - That was my first thought, too.

http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/16/7857-boudica_large.jpg

40 posted on 07/04/2012 6:09:35 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: caveat emptor
A Boudica-like woman - That was my first thought, too.


41 posted on 07/04/2012 6:10:33 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

Old Adage: “Everyone to their own taste,” said the old woman as she kissed her cow.


42 posted on 07/04/2012 6:31:09 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Could that be Mrs. O’Leary? Dig a little deeper for the lantern...


43 posted on 07/04/2012 6:50:24 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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