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Scandinavian Horses Imported a Thousand Years Ago for the Last Equestrian Sacrifices in Europe

The study, which focused on horse remains found in ancient burial sites in Russia and Lithuania, was published in the journal Science Advances. It reveals that these horses were imported from Scandinavia through extensive trade networks connecting the Viking world with the Byzantine and Arab empires. Previously, researchers believed that sacrificial horses were always local […]

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Evidence of Ritual Human Sacrifices, Mainly of Women, Found in the European Neolithic Era

Recent archaeological findings in Europe have shed new light on the practice of ritual human sacrifice during the Neolithic period. Researchers have identified multiple cases of what appears to be ligature strangulation or positional asphyxia at ritual sites from approximately 5500 to 3500 BCE. Analysis of these findings suggests that human sacrifice was an integral […]

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Vittrup Man, Found in a Bog in Denmark, Went from Gatherer to Farmer Before Being Sacrificed in 3200 BC

Scientists have created a detailed biography of a Stone Age man’s life through new scientific methods. A Swedish-Danish research team from the University of Gothenburg can now say they have traced where the “Vittrup Man”, a bog body found in Denmark, traveled during his lifetime. The Vittrup Man was discovered in 1915. His skull had […]

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Ximen Bao, the Hydraulic Engineer who Created China’s First Irrigation Canal System and Abolished Human Sacrifices

Ximen Bao was a politician and philosopher who lived in the state of Wei between the 4th and 5th centuries BCE, during Ancient China’s Antiquity. He gained fame for two things: abolishing human sacrifices made in honor of Hebo (god of the Yellow River) and being considered the country’s first hydraulic engineer. He achieved the […]

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Ritual of the Largest Animal Sacrifice in the Western Mediterranean Revealed at an Iron Age Tartessian Site in Spain

Approximately 2500 years ago, the ancient inhabitants of the area currently occupied by the municipality of Guareña, in Badajoz (Spain), carried out a peculiar ritual in the courtyard of an enclave known today as Casas del Turuñuelo. This site, discovered in 2017, has provided new information about the Tartessian culture that populated those lands in […]