Thursday, July 12, 2012
'Frankenstein' mummies found in Scotland
Archaeologists have discovered two mummies made up from the body parts of several other people.
The remains are believed to be over 3,500 years old and were found on South Uist off the western coast of Scotland. The skeletons were found in a fetal position and show evidence to suggest that the islanders had taken steps to preserve them by placing them in a nearby peat bog for a time before taking them out and then burying them.
Analysis of the remains has revealed that each is made up of parts from multiple individuals, none of which appear to be related in any way. While the specific purpose and significance of producing these composite mummies is not understood it is generally believed that the practice would have served some sort of ceremonial purpose.