Kindergarten: This is a magical place where children happily learn new ways to play and sing with and – for some lucky people in Southern France – digging up the first piece of human remains aged 5,600 years.
This happened more or less in 2006, when a group of students in the city of Saint-Laurent-Medoc accidentally dug up old bones in the playground. It turned out that part of the school was built on an ancient hill which, after initial analysis, contained the remains of thousands of years old humans. A new survey of hills called Le Tumulus des Sables shows that the site is much older and more difficult than before.
In an article in Archeological Sciences: Report of April 2019, a team of archaeologists excavated a hill to find no fewer than 30 individuals (20 adults and 10 children) on a hill 1.6 feet (50 centimeters). Even more surprising is that after a radiocarbon analysis of several teeth found in the hole was placed there for a period of 2000 years, beginning at the end of Neolithic (around 3600 BC BC). And finished in the Iron Age (1250 y). BC).
Why this seemingly inconspicuous place for more than two millennia has been used for the accommodation of the dead, researchers are still busy.
“This is unusual because this is not a clear or prestigious site,” said Hanna James, Ph.D student at the Australian National University in Canberra, the lead author of the study. – It’s not on the hill or in a clear place, so there’s more on this page that makes people come back and use it.
Not much is known about the dead, except that most of them are residents. An isotope analysis (elemental version) of the remnants of teeth shows that all people surveyed eat on the ground instead of catching fish from nearby rivers or the Atlantic. Someone seems to be born in a much colder climate and may be brought to the post-mortem zone, write the researchers.
The hill also contains a mixture of heritage graves, including broken pottery, metal and animal bones. In other words, the material is very interesting for the next kindergarten session to be displayed and told.