Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Here's one for the anthropology buffs

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Monterrey (Mexico): The Mexican anthropologists have discovered remains of a 3,000-year-old human body, some 100 km south of the US border, Spain's EFE news agency reported Sunday.

Experts said the discovery was extraordinary, since in that period bodies were generally cremated in the region. The arms, apparently of a woman, were found crossed over her chest and legs folded.

Around 98 percent of the skeletons have been retrieved, anthropologist Araceli Rivera Estrada of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), told the agency.

"We found no offering in the grave, so we believe the body was buried in a modest ceremony," Estrada said.

The burial could throw light on when the first human settlements in the region were founded.

So far, there were only evidences of nomadic tribes who passed through the area some 7,500 to 8,000 years ago.
h/t to Manny!

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