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Decapitated skull reveals brain!

Brain matter

The above image shows a gruesome find from Yorkshire where archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a decapitated skull that still contained brain matter! The skull was recovered from a pit and it appears as if the poor unfortunate man was hanged before being beheaded.  The head was then carefully placed in the pit where exceptional conditions allowed the brain matter to survive. Samples of brain material had a DNA sequence that matched sequences found only in a few individuals from Tuscany and the Near East, while carbon dating suggests the remains date from the Iron Age (673-482BC). Very interesting stuff, see the link below for full details.

http://www.archnews.co.uk/featured/5612-scientists-trace-violent-death-of-iron-age-man.html

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2 Responses to Decapitated skull reveals brain!

  1. Jonny Geber April 28, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    Speaking of said brain… The interesting article in press can be found here: http://www.academia.dk/BiologiskAntropologi/Tafonomi/PDF/Brains/Britains_Oldest_Brain.pdf

    It also includes acknowledgments of the existance of Irish brain (although the Irish brains were much smaller in comparison)…

    • admin April 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Thanks for the link Jonny!

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