4000-Year-Old Miracle Unearthed! Clay Urn With Human Remains Discovered in Cornwall

4000-Year-Old Miracle Unearthed! Clay Urn With Human Remains Discovered in Cornwall

4000-Year-Old Miracle Unearthed! Clay Urn With Human Remains Discovered in Cornwall

According to Cornwall Live, 4,000-year-old burnt human remains were discovered on a farm in Cornwall, which are thought to be part of an ancient medieval ritual.

This was discovered by a team of volunteers who were investigating a Bronze Age burial mound. They also discovered food, Cornish Bronze Age pottery, flint tools, and two high-quality hammer stones, which were used to make flint tools.

When digging (pictured) began, farmers told the researchers that the field had been ploughed in their lifetime, so researchers were shocked to find the artefact in perfect condition just 10 inches (25cm) below the surface

“We were excited to discover so much archaeology on the site amid centuries of ploughing, but finding an intact clay urn buried 4,000 years ago just 25 centimeters beneath the surface is nothing short of a miracle,” said project leader archaeologist Dr Catherine Frieman of the Australian National University (ANU).

“This is a sealed, intact cremation so it has the potential to tell us a lot about the cremation rite as it was practiced 4,000 years ago.

“We also appear to have some identifiable fragments of bone among the cremated remains so we’ll potentially be able to tell a lot about the individual themselves,” said Dr Frieman, adding that analysis of pieces of bone in the urn could reveal the person’s gender, age, diet, and origins.

The ancient and very complete burial, which will shed light on its history, is somehow related to an unknown medieval ritual, which, for now cannot be explained.

Dr Frieman said that the site also revealed a medieval pot dateds to the 12th or 13th century AD, which was carefully placed under a couple of layers of flat stones.

It had some cooked food remains adhering to it and we don’t know what it’s doing there or why.

“Hundreds of years after the barrow was built, someone from the 12th or 13th century came back to this site and dug into it to bury this pot.

“At that stage there were two local monasteries in view of this site, as Looe Island was a satellite monastery of the Glastonbury Abbey, so it would be very strange to have non-Christian activity on this site.

Pictured is the 4,000 year old clay pottery urn containing a human cremation. The set of burnt human remains were discovered near Looe in south east Cornwall and would have been part of a mysterious ritual ceremony

The team also excavated traces of a round, house – an ancient dwelling or possibly land marker nearby, dated to about 500 BC.

“This was a traversed place and regularly visited over the millennia, it affords a sweeping view of the south coast of England and we know that there are a series of Bronze Age shipwrecks off this coast, so this was an important shipping highway in prehistory,” Dr Frieman added.

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