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Around 2,500 years ago, the skull of a woman who died of cancer was buried facing into an artificial cave dug out of the rock, as if staring at the remains of at least 50 people hidden inside, archaeologists have discovered.
The "extremely peculiar position" of the buried skull near the town of Baucina, in Sicily, Italy, has scientists puzzled, they said.
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Unfortunately, the tomb had been robbed at some point in time and the skeletons in the cave became jumbled up, any grave goods that they were buried with stolen, the team of scientists wrote in a paper published in June in a special "cancer issue" of the International Journal of Paleopathology.
The 2,500-year-old skull of a woman with cancer was found facing into an artificial cave that holds at least 50 burials.
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It's uncertain where the rest of her body is buried; nevertheless, archaeologists believe her skull was not disturbed by tomb robbers.
"We can assume that it [the skull] was found undisturbed in its original position, as grave robbers have used another way to get into the cave immediately above the entrance," study researcher Roberto Miccichè, an adjunct anthropology professor at...
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