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Ancient Britons made cups from human skulls


Posted on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Persia


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New research suggests the ancient Britons would devour their own dead and make cups from their skulls.

Skulls found at Gough's Cave in the Cheddar Gorge showed clear signs of being worked on to make them in to bowls, bones were also unearthed showing signs of cannibalism. "It's impossible to know how the skull-cups were used back then, but in recent examples they may hold blood, wine or food during rituals," says Chris Stringer who was part of the excavation team.

"Ancient Britons devoured their dead and created gruesome goblets from the skulls of their remains, according to new research published on Wednesday."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by -WOLF-12227- on 20 February, 2011, 17:27
No reason to let good meat go to waste. Skull goblets just prove how metal they were. \m/ That is all.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Faeden on 20 February, 2011, 22:54
I do not know why this is news, it is common knowledge that the ancient people used to sometimes eat there dead relatives, to us today it is horrific, but in their culture it was seen as honourable, why waist meat when it can be used to feed your family in times of hunger? I think it was probably a spiritual custom to some, like they believed they were symbolically absorbing their ancestors spirit.
Comment icon #12 Posted by StarChild 83 on 21 February, 2011, 3:06
it's being resourceful, not letting any part go to waste.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sarfraz on 22 February, 2011, 8:03
It is GOOD to know and remember what our ancestors have been doing.
Comment icon #14 Posted by HansBolman on 22 February, 2011, 14:18
I dont think it would be a common occurance because it would spread disease, most people died before old age in those days so a lot of the time their flesh would potentially be dangerous to those eating it. I think skeletons were kept in caves with the people living there, I remember going to a cave in Cheddar gorge (where they found the oldest human skeleton in England) and the people who lived there had just laid out skeletons where they lived. Its not a huge strecth of the imagination to think they used the bones for some purpose.
Comment icon #15 Posted by KillCarneyKlansman on 24 February, 2011, 0:55
Plenty of Skullduggarie Here - http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=201156
Comment icon #16 Posted by UFO_Monster on 24 February, 2011, 3:12
I'm trying to act surprised, but it is disturbing how accustomed I am to hearing ancient civilizations' strange survival methods. I blame adulthood...
Comment icon #17 Posted by just a bloke on 24 February, 2011, 6:23
- Ancient Britons devoured their dead and created gruesome goblets from the skulls of their remains, according to new research published on Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-science-britain-skulls-idUSTRE71G2JB20110217 Newsflash for ya Persia. WE STILL DO
Comment icon #18 Posted by philbo on 24 February, 2011, 12:33
Hmmm....Hardly a revelation is it ? Our history is full of evidence that we ate eachother....it's claimed people still do. So saying ancient britains ate eachother is like saying "hey...the sky is blue" all rather obvious.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Persia on 24 February, 2011, 16:37
Newsflash for ya Persia. WE STILL DO Ehh,,, i buy you beer ...


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