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17:43  19 november  2019
17:43  19 november  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Archaeologists in Ecuador have uncovered the remains of babies buried over 2,000 years ago. It would be an interesting find no matter the context, but these infants are leaving researchers scratching their heads for a very specific reason: The children were buried in “ helmets ” made from the skulls of

The helmets were placed tightly over the infants' heads, the archaeologists found . It's likely that the older children's skulls still had flesh on them when they were turned into helmets , because Lesions were found on the remains of both of the infants (a and d), suggesting the baby suffered some kind

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Researchers, studying ancient burials of the Guangala culture have found two infants were buried wearing skulls helmets of older children. Ecuadorian burials made global headlines last month after archaeologists of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) found three ancient burials in

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A total of 11 bodies were discovered at the ancient gravesite. Most of the remains were “normal,” but two infants buried there were laid to rest wearing the “cranial vaults” of others, specifically other older children. The researchers believe that these skull “helmets” were added at the time of burial, but they have no idea why.

The archaeologists can only guess what the reason behind this bizarre custom may have been. As LiveScience notes, the authors of the research have offered some interesting theories. One possible explanation is that the bone helmets were applied to protect the souls of the infants, who never had a chance to live their own lives.

It’s worth noting that scientists have also been unable to determine the causes of death. It’s unclear how the infants died, and the researchers are equally unsure of the cause of death of the children whose skulls were used as helmets.

Rituals and burial customs vary dramatically from one culture to the next, and when you’re looking back 2,100 years, some of the traditions carried out after a person’s death can seem incredibly bizarre to us. Whatever belief system led to this strange circumstance is unclear, but the archaeologists are continuing to explore possibilities.

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