Scientists unearth skull cups of cannibal Britons
Published 17/02/2011 | 05:00
A gruesome discovery in the Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset suggests ancient Britons indulged in cannibalism and drank from the skulls of their victims.
Scientists have analysed the remains of three humans -- including a child of three -- who appear to have been killed for food, butchered, and eaten.
The fragments, which are 14,700 years old, are thought to be the oldest examples in the world of skull cups and represent the first evidence of ritual killing found in Britain.
"At the time, life was very tough," said palaeontologist Prof Chris Stringer, who helped excavate the cups. "Cannibalism would have been a good way of removing groups competing with you and getting food for yourself." (© Daily Telegraph, London)