Pottery bowls were found atop the skeletal remains, precisely on their skulls or feet, which researchers say were used as offerings for the “afterlife”- Gherla Infro
CAIRO – 26 August 2021: Researchers working on a historical site in Romania before industrial construction on the surface of the earth discovered a Neolithic tomb dating back 6000 years in Transylvania.
According to the Daily Mail website, pottery bowls were found atop the skeletal remains, precisely on their skulls or feet, which researchers say were used as offerings for the “afterlife”.
Excavations began in the area of more than 10,000 square feet in July. Several tombs were recently unearthed that still contained the remains of the dead.
A large pit was also found nearby that was used to store food, which eventually turned into a landfill where household waste is disposed of,.
In addition to the Neolithic settlement, the team also found remains of a Celtic civilization that lived on the same plot of land about 2,200 years ago.
The ancient cemetery was discovered in Iclod, an area in Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania.
“Their story must be told and revealed through such excavations,” said Paul Popetsu, an archaeologist at the Transylvania National Museum of History.
“By learning more about them, we will know more about ourselves. We are the first to get our hands on these pieces, thousands of years later,” concluded Popetsu.
Unlike Stone Age humans, the Celts cremated and buried the dead in urns, which were buried in the ground along with other offerings, such as iron goods.
Romania has uncovered many Neolithic artifacts over the past few years, Including a discovery in 2014 where archaeologists found some of the oldest human footprints.