7,000-year-old mass grave in Slovakia may hold victims of human sacrifice

Archaeologists investigating an early Neolithic settlement in Slovakia have discovered the battered remains of about 35 people, many of them teenagers, who appear to have been decapitated and then dumped in a ditch nearly 7,000 years ago.

The location of the gruesome find this summer and the positions of the skeletons suggest the victims were dumped there on purpose, possibly as human sacrifices intended to magically bolster a defensive wall built over the moat, according to researchers.

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