Stone age Cannibals? Examining the 7000-year-old ritual site of Herxheim – With Dr Andrea Zeeb-Lanz - S2E2 image
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Stone age Cannibals? Examining the 7000-year-old ritual site of Herxheim – With Dr Andrea Zeeb-Lanz - S2E2
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The stone age site of Herxheim in Western Germany is counted among the most important and at the same time enigmatic prehistoric localities of Europe, because in the ditches surrounding an Early Neolithic settlement, the skeletal remains of hundreds of individuals were found. But these were not proper burials, as the bones were smashed beyond recognition and the skulls shaped to bowl-like artefacts. Soon after this discovery, the possibility of ritualized mass cannibalism was debated, as all the evidence hints to complex ceremonies taking place at this site. To find out more, I had a discussion with my friend Dr. Andrea Zeeb-Lanz on this episode of archaeological context.

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