1 of Sweden’s oldest stone tombs is mysteriously missing skulls

Archaeologists in central Sweden have unearthed a 5,500-year-old stone chamber containing several burials from the Early Neolithic period — but many of the largest bones, including skulls, seem to have been removed around the time the dead were placed there.

“This differs from what we usually see in megalithic graves,” Karl-Göran Sjögren, an archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and first author of a new study about the find, said in a statement. “Usually, the bones that are missing are smaller bones from feet and hands.”

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