Buried with wool and feathers. What is special about the grave of a 6,000-year-old child in Finland
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Archaeologists did not even find bones. In the grave, only teeth and microparticles were found, which told more about ancient burial methods.
In the Finnish forest, archaeologists discovered fragments of the teeth of a child who lived during the Mesolithic period – about 6,000 years ago. Fragments of fur and bird feathers have become especially valuable for historians, writes IFL Science.
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Although no bones have been preserved, these finds have taught scientists more about the burial customs of the ancient Scandinavian communities.
The grave was found with the help of red ocher – this is a clayey soil rich in iron. It has played an important role in burial ceremonies for many years. A spot of red ocher was noticed for the first time on earth.
The human remains of the child have not been preserved. The reason for this is the highly acidic soil of Finland. As a rule, it is very difficult to investigate burial deposits in the country. That is why the scientists decided to analyze the microparticles found in the grave.
Fragments of human enamel showed that the child was no older than 10.5 years. Stone artifacts also helped determine the date. In the grave, they found 2 quartz arrowheads corresponding to the period of the Mesolithic culture.
In addition, in the burial place called Majoonsuo, there were microscopic fragments of bird feathers. It has been identified as waterfowl down. This allowed scientists to make an assumption that the child was dressed in a down jacket or buried on a down bed. Falcon feathers were also found. It could have been used as a grave decoration.
The author of the study, Kristina Mannermaa, said the discovery was sensational. She explained that this find provides valuable information about burial traditions in the Stone Age. Now we know how they prepared for the journey on their last journey.