Ancient decapitated skeleton found on its knees after ritualistic sacrifice
A decapitated skeleton, believed to be the result of a ritualistic killing, has been found in China.
The remains were found in a kneeling position which experts believe is the final resting state of the long-dead citizen.
Archeologists found the bones at the Chaizhuang dig site in central Henan Province, according to state-run media service Xinhuanet.
They believe it dates back to the Shang Dynasty which ruled China from 1600BC to 1046BC.
Not only does this archaeological site date back to that time period but ancient Chinese scripts report that this method of killing may have taken place back then.
It’s reported that a Shang Dynasty practice was to bury sacrificed individuals in an upright position, which would explain why these remains were found kneeling. The scientists actually found the victim inside a sacrificial pit at the site.
Liang Fawei, head of the Chaizhuang site excavation project, told the local media that studies on skeletons discovered elsewhere in China have shown inscriptions carved into bones.
These ‘glyphs’ have been found on animal bones, tortoise shells and even human bones. They are some of the earliest known fully-developed written characters in ancient China.
Liang said according to these other findings, sacrificial culture prevailed in the Shang Dynasty and glyphs such as “She,” “Shi,” “Tan” and “Kan” were used to describe sacrificial activities of different rituals.
Among them, the word “Kan” depicts the way of offering sacrifices of people or livestock in pits.
This latest finding seems to add more evidence to support the grim practice carried out centuries ago in ancient China.
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