Why some ancient people cut the flesh off their dead

March 31, 2015 2:44 PM

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Why some ancient people cut the flesh off their dead

Farmers living in Italy thousands of years ago had a special relationship with their dead that involved "defleshing" the bones and leaving them in a murky cave, according to a recent study.

Researchers gleaned this by looking at bones from 22 Neolithic humans discovered in Scaloria Cave on Italy's east coast, Smithsonian reports. Some of the bones bear cut marks, suggesting that Stone-Age Italians cut off residual muscle tissue before walking up to 12 miles and placing the bones in the...

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