British scientists talked about the results of a study of burials in the necropolis of Lehlade.
Several burials of the Bronze Age were discovered in the burial complex, according to scholars belonging to shamans or rulers of the then society. Many of them were buried with cowhide, taken from animals along with hooves and skulls. On the wrists of the skeletons were found bracelets made of green volcanic tuff. In the Bronze Age, this stone, like jadeite in Mesoamerica and jade in China, was considered among people a symbol of eternal life, fertility and sky.
Archaeologists paid special attention to the burial of an elderly shaman, discovered 150 meters from the large Neolithic ceremonial complex Kursus, one of the most important prehistoric religious monuments in the south-west of Britain. At the time of the shaman’s funeral, he was no less than a thousand years old, scientists say.
A man of about 50-60 years old was buried in a sitting position. With him, nothing was found but one cowhide. Archaeologists have noticed that similar sedentary burials were found in ancient India and in Swedish Skateholm, where the burial of an elderly shaman was discovered.
According to scientists, the burial found belongs to the culture of bell-shaped goblets. Having come here from other lands, representatives of this culture began to bury their elite in places sacred to previous tribes.