Archaeologists excavating Neolithic tombs in Orkney are used to finding jumbled collections of bones
A new study could potentially transform our understanding of the way Neolithic people dealt with their dead.
Archaeologists excavating Neolithic tombs in Orkney are used to finding jumbled collections of bones that seem unconnected.
Now, work by Dr Rebecca Crozier, from the University of Aberdeen, suggests whole bodies were placed in the chambered structures.
She said they could have been dismembered after being buried.
She told BBC Radio Orkney: "What we're trying to do is look at all the bones and try and understand why they are in the mess that we finding them in.
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