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The Natural History Museum in London, Britain has provided the public with a photograph which showed an engraved human bone.
The bone was found in a prehistoric archaeological site inside a cave from South England. The scientists came to the conclusion that the humans had cannibal behavior after they have made an analysis. It appears that the prehistoric humans killed their prey, and engraved the bones in a zig-zag pattern. Before that, they would disarticulate the bones, fillet and chew the meat off them. After that, the bone was cracked open so that they could feed on the bone marrow too.
The bone has been found after the discoveries of other bones from the same place, Gough’s Cave, and it is thought to be dated to the early Stone Age, the Paleolithic period.
Scientists have conducted studies and confirmed that humans from that period were cannibals and also made cups or bowls out of skulls. The zig-zag pattern has a symbolic and artistic purpose, it doesn’t have any other purpose than that and thus making them a cannibalistic engraving ritual. A lot of human bones show human teeth marks too, enforcing the idea that they consumed human meat.
One of the scientists who worked on the study, Silvia Bello said that the pattern which was engraved in that bone is similar to other engravings which were found throughout archaeological sites from Europe.
This study reveals that humans conducted a rich symbolic ritual in their cannibalistic behavior. The findings really make people change their opinion on how humans have survived across the ages.
The bones have been discovered in 1880 in Somerset, southern England in a cave (Gough’s Cave) and the excavations lasted a few decades, being finished in 1992. Among human bones which were carved or engraved, there were some large mammals’ remains, and artifacts such as flint, antler, bone and ivory.