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'Frankenstein' mummies found in Scotland

Posted on Wednesday, 11 July, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: questionmark

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Archaeologists have discovered two mummies made up from the body parts of several other people.

The remains are believed to be over 3,500 years old and were found on South Uist off the western coast of Scotland. The skeletons were found in a fetal position and show evidence to suggest that the islanders had taken steps to preserve them by placing them in a nearby peat bog for a time before taking them out and then burying them.

Analysis of the remains has revealed that each is made up of parts from multiple individuals, none of which appear to be related in any way. While the specific purpose and significance of producing these composite mummies is not understood it is generally believed that the practice would have served some sort of ceremonial purpose.

"An international team of archaeologists have discovered that two mummies found on an island off the coast of Scotland are, like Dr Frankenstein's monster, composed of body parts from several different humans."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by Coffey on 11 July, 2012, 12:18
This is a great and intriguing post, thanks QM. I have an uneduacted theory on what has happened. Assuming thes people belived in an afterlife or maybe reincarnation, they put together the parts of the strongest/cleverest/most respected villagers together for burial. this was done in the hope that they would excel in the afterlife or in reincarnation (even to help win 'The Highland Games' ). This is based more on the title of the thread ('Frankenstein' mummies found in Scotland) than my knowledge of South Uist in the Hebrides in 1310 BC. The articles idea of uniting a family is more reasonable... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 July, 2012, 12:20
That is an interesting theory. They could ahve also done it to take the p..... lol "Aye, is'll confuse em, in eh Future." Maybe not... Aye That did make me smile, and it has definitely confused them in the future, um well the present...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Skithia on 11 July, 2012, 13:12
There is a lot of burying people and animals under foundations that has gone on in the whole British Isles, perhaps some disaster struck the people of the settlement in a previous place so bits of the dead were buried under the new settlement hoping for some sort of warding that it wouldnt happen again.
Comment icon #17 Posted by King Fluffs on 11 July, 2012, 13:35
Oh god... I didn't hide the bodies of my latest victims that well. OT: Interesting article.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 July, 2012, 13:38
Oh god... I didn't hide the bodies of my latest victims that well. OT: Interesting article. You have aged well...
Comment icon #19 Posted by King Fluffs on 11 July, 2012, 18:14
You have aged well... Oh yeah. I'm a reptilian overlord, you see.
Comment icon #20 Posted by csspwns on 12 July, 2012, 1:15
eww tats disgusting eww tats disgusting
Comment icon #21 Posted by pallidin on 12 July, 2012, 14:05
Maybe it's just some kinky form of afterlife bondage.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb on 12 July, 2012, 15:08
Maybe it's just some kinky form of afterlife bondage. Necrondage?
Comment icon #23 Posted by gOOgLer on 15 July, 2012, 9:59
Spare parts shops existed even 3,500 years ago.

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