37 skeletons without skulls were discovered by scientists last summer while doing excavations in Slovakia.
Numerous decapitated skeletons were discovered underground by German and Slovak researchers last summer while conducting excavations in Slovakia.
37 perfectly preserved skeletons without skulls were discovered by archaeologists. According to the German University of Kiel in the bulletin, there is only one young kid skeleton whose head has been preserved.
Some skullless skeletons have already been discovered in the Vráble-Veke Lehemby excavation area.
According to professor Martin Furholt, “We anticipated finding more skeletons, but this exceeded all of our expectations.” in the University of Kiel announcement.
Neolithic Stone Age populations lived in Vráble-Veke Lehembyn 5,250–4,950 years before our time. More than 300 dwellings have been uncovered in three communities that are adjacent to one another in the area. At the time, it was one of the biggest cities in Central Europe.
The settlement represented a banded pottery culture, according to the artifact discoveries. Central Europe’s Band Ceramic civilisation was an agrarian society from the Stone Age.
The skeletons’ locations, in the opinion of the researchers, show that they were not carefully buried. The victims appear to have been flung or rolled into the grave.
Further research is needed to determine how, when, and why the bodies’ heads were severed.
It is unknown, among other things, if the victims were beaten or died violent deaths. Another possibility is that the mass burial contains a number of generations’ worth of headless corpses.
“There are signs that the skulls were deliberately removed in certain skeletons. These are only very preliminary thoughts with regard to these skeletons, therefore it may not necessarily be a case of violent homicide, according to anthropologist Katharina Fuchs from the University of Kiel.
It is now unknown if the deceased were, for instance, locals or family members.
Despite the fact that these seem to be the most logical answers, researchers note that these deaths may not always be connected to mass murder, human sacrifice, or conflict.
Were these individuals prey to skull-hunter thugs? Or were the villagers participants in a death cult, in which case there would be no connection between the fatalities and the violence? The discovery is entirely unique in Neolithic Stone Age Europe, regardless of the many interpretations that could be offered, according to project manager Maria Wunderlich in the bulletin.