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A team of experts examined the remains of 35 people – in one of the best-preserved stone tombs in the UK – and found that 27 belonged to five generations of the same family.
Chris Fowler, an archaeologist at the University of Newcastle, calls for the discovery of the tomb. Over 5,700 years. The research work allowed researchers to clarify the lineage of some of the country’s first farmers.
Most of the bodies analyzed came from four women who had given birth to children from the same man.
According to The Guardian, “Hazelton North Long” is the name given to the tomb, Divided into two L-shaped chambers. Studies show that people are buried there according to the woman of their descent. This finding demonstrates that women were a socially significant link in this community.
The remains unearthed belong to a group that lived between 3700 – 3600 BC and are believed to have been excavated. Livestock and grain cultivation were discovered in Europe 100 years later.
According to Fowler, “Descendants are important [para a comunidade]. The graves were built and they had to decide who should be buried, first they selected the closest family members of those buried there.
The concept of family was important to this community, as we can see by burying very young children in graves.
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