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Ancient Britons made cups from human skulls

By T.K. Randall
February 20, 2011 · Comment icon 19 comments



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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.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by -WOLF-12227- 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
it's being resourceful, not letting any part go to waste.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sarfraz 12 years ago
It is GOOD to know and remember what our ancestors have been doing.
Comment icon #14 Posted by HansBolman 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Plenty of Skullduggarie Here - http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=201156
Comment icon #16 Posted by UFO_Monster 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
- 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 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Newsflash for ya Persia. WE STILL DO Ehh,,, i buy you beer ...


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