PICTURES: "Extraordinary" Ancient Skeletons Found

PICTURES: ''Extraordinary'' Ancient Skeletons Found
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A Slavic graveyard in the town of Oechlitz from the ninth or tenth centuries A.D. is one of the more recent discoveries made during the dig, which is the largest of its kind in Germany, according to Spiegel Online.

"Even though the bodies were laid with the head pointed west according to the Christian tradition," the presence of food remains and containers--evidence that physical sustenance was provided for the afterlife--"indicate that heathen traditions were also observed in furnishing the dead," according to a statement from the Saxony-Anhalt Office for Monument Protection and Archaeology, translated into English by Spiegel.
—Photograph courtesy Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology
 
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