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6000 year old "halls of the dead" found in Herefordshire

Two fascinating archaeology stories covered by the BBC today.

Neolithic long barrow contains "halls of the dead". Possibly still treated as a site of pilgrimage a thousand years later.


PNAS reports (behind a paywall) their findings on a girl (the "Llullaillaco maiden") and boy sacrificed in the Inca culture about 500 years ago. The BBC reports she spent about a year eating well and taking coca and alcohol. Alcohol was banned for peasants. Then she was sedated and possibly sacrificed by cold. There was no sign of physical violence. The BBC do not mention the sedative used so I'm off to the uni library again at the weekend.

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