Sweden's Exceptional 7,000-Year-Old Burial That Defied Tradition (Video)
The discovery of 'Burial XXII' in Sweden during the early 1980s generated considerable excitement among archaeologists. This unique Mesolithic grave , located in Skateholm on the southern coast, differed from others due to its unconventional burial style. The individual was interred in a seated, cross-legged position, defying traditional norms. What made it even more remarkable was the presence of hundreds of animal bones and teeth surrounding the grave. This intriguing arrangement hinted at possible ritualistic or symbolic significance, leaving archaeologists eager to uncover the secrets of this ancient culture.
The discovery of 'Burial XXII' , also known as the ’seated woman’ or ‘shaman’ not only provided insights into the burial practices of the Mesolithic period but also offered a glimpse into the beliefs and customs of people who lived over 9,000 years ago. It remains a fascinating testament to the complexities of human history, holding untold stories waiting to be unraveled.
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Top image: Artist’s reconstruction of the Swedish shaman. Photography by Gert Germeraad, Trelleborgs Museum.