Friday, May 22, 2009

Odd Stone Burial Chambers

KeelyNet"The sketch represents a chamber which was discovered in a barrow, situated near Paradis, in the parish of the Vale, in the Island of Guernsey. On digging into the mound, a large flat stone was soon discovered; this formed the top, or cap-stone, of the tomb, and on removing it, the upper part of two human skulls were exposed to view.

One was facing the north, the other the south, but both disposed in a line from east to west. The chamber was filled up with earth mixed with limpet-shells, and as it was gradually removed, while the examination was proceeding downwards into the interior, the bones of the extremities became exposed to view, and were seen to greater advantage.

They were less decomposed than those of the upper part; and the teeth and jaws, which were well preserved, denoted that they were skeletons of adults, and not of old men.

The reason why the skeletons were found in this extraordinary position it is impossible to determine..."

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