Wednesday, May 2, 2012
14,700 years ago, skulls were used as containers for food
We can say with full mouth that is "set" oldest "cooking vessels" that is sometimes used in history. The discovery comes from the Natural History Museum, London. It is about a considerable number of unusual dish dating back 14 700 years ago, which were recently discovered in Somerset, west England, on a mission led by paleontologist researcher Silvia Bello.
What makes it worthy of a horror film this discovery is that in fact, these containers are human skulls used by natives as objects to be fed, as had been previously cleared of unnecessary internal parts.
"This case is thought to be the oldest ever discovered the bones of the skull are used by people as a container", - said Silvia Bello. Meanwhile, earlier historical sources have shown that older people in England have used human skulls in various sacred rituals. Each of the skulls found during discovery in question was cut signs of various forms, showing that the intervention is made on them by the local adapted to the "container table."
Before you use these skulls, those parts you removed hair and meat through the use of stones. Then you heqeshin skulls bones of the face, while the base is rounded and angular edges with rounding punoheshin functions to adapt more easily, "continues Silvia Bello.
A similar practice is recounted in ancient Greek texts of Herodotus, which shows exactly glasses obtained from skulls and dating from the 8th century. Regarding container Kafka discovered in Gough's Cave in Somerset, England, thought that in these cases comes more to the container used in sacred and symbolic rituals associated with ancient customs of cannibalism.
The model of a skull-bowl so lately been exhibited in the Natural History Museum in London.