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    Frankenstein Meets The Mummy In Scotland Of 1,000 B.C.
    By Hank Campbell | July 10th 2012 05:40 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    The best stuff is found in Scotland.

    And by 'best' I mean weirdest, like haggis, caber-tossing and 3,000-year-old mummies that turn out to be Frankenstein monsters.

    Well, at least we know the ancient Celts weren't anti-science.  I mean, they created a Frankenstein monster and they figured out that high-acid, low-oxygen peat bogs are the perfect way to insure that future generations could enjoy their abominations of nature. That's pro-science.

    Cladh Hallan, a prehistoric village on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, is more than just a cool-sounding Dungeons and Dragons name.  It's the only place in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found.  Even better is that isotopic dating and DNA experiments revealed that the two mummies, a male and a female, were actually assembled from various body parts of six people, according to the researchers discussing it at National Geographic.

    Why?  Who cares why?  Did you not just read that ancient weird people in some quirky remote island east of Scotland assembled 'bog mummies' and then buried them.  I'm hooked. This is way better than "Crossing Guards" or "Ghost Pets" or whatever new reality show Nat Geo wants to foist off on us next.


    Photo:Mike Parker Pearson, University of Sheffield. Link: National Geographic

    The female mummy parts all died around the same time - but were not related.  At least they didn't have the same mother.  But the male parts were from hundreds of years apart.  What were these people thinking?  And they were buried where they were found hundreds of years after they actually died, another puzzle.

    The why is a mystery for anthropologists to make up stuff about.  Speculation is that it was some kind of symbolism.  No kidding.

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    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    The female mummies parts all died around the same time - but were not related.  At least they didn't have the same mother.  But the male parts were from hundreds of years apart.  What were these people thinking?  And they were buried where they were found hundreds of years after they actually died, another puzzle.The why is a mystery for anthropologists to make up stuff about.  Speculation is that it was some kind of symbolism.  No kidding.
    Very interesting article Hank, that stirs my crazy Scottish blood. Maybe the anthropologists will now do some more 'scientific' studies like they did to to try to understand 'why was Stonehenge built' and eventually work out that like Stonehenge it wasn't symbolic at all, it was just the fashion at the time and they will find several more very fashionable hidden tombs containing equally fashionable Frankenstein mummies and daddies like this to support their claims?

    I personally think that like Stonehenge, it does sound very symbolic and would guess that in this probably very patriarchal society, every time a very important man died they maybe traditionally only buried a sixth of his bones with other saved bones from five previous very important men. They probably then saved the rest of his bones for future burials of future very important men when they then died to do the same process for them too.

    It looks as though the six women were probably sacrificed every time a very important man died, and their bones assembled to form one good woman, to accompany the dead very important man into his afterlife, as women were and are still usually considered a lot more dispensable than men in patriarchal societies. To support this hypothesis all we need to do is find another hidden tomb or pantry somewhere full of the correct ratio of stored, very important men's bones!

    I wonder why these men were so very important? I guess that science will never be able to tell us that, unless anthropologists also decide that like their fashionable tombs, they were just very important, fashionable men in their lives, like Jesus, Elvis and Robert Burns!
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    It sounds like the work of some bored adolescents.