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Boy From 16th Century Found Buried With Pot On His Head In Siberia

The bizarre remains have stumped archeologists who admitted they have never seen a burial ritual like this before and the boy – aged around six or seven – was found armed with a knife in his grave in Siberia

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The remains of a 16th-century boy have been found revealing he was buried with a copper cauldron on his head preparing him for the afterlife.

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Archaeologists have been left stumped but the discovery and admitted they have never seen a ritual like it.

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The child, which would have been around six or seven, was buried with a earring of copper wire and decorated with a green glass bead. He was armed with an iron knife and a copper cauldron helmet when he was laid to rest.

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Another puzzling factor of the burial is that the handle of the cauldron was tucked into the boy’s belt.

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The grave was found near Lake Bolshoy Poluisky Sor in northern Siberia, and has left archeologists scratching their heads.

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Alexander Gusev, of the Scientific Centre for Arctic Studies in Salekhard, said: “This is the first time we have seen a cauldron used as a helmet.

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“This find shows a change in the burial rite for people living in western Siberia in the 16th century.”

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Cauldrons are more commonly found on top of a grave – but never usually on the head of the deceased. The unusual grave was one of 16 burials in a made-made mound.

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The boy was laid to rest on his back, with his legs stretched towards a nearby river, say archaeologists who have not yet shown the poorly-preserved human remains. Near his head was an iron scoop and a piece of silver foil, said Gusev.

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Further study of the unusual necropolis i s planned next year.

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Boy From 16th Century Found Buried With Pot On His Head In Siberia

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