The stays of a Sixteenth-century boy have been discovered revealing he was buried with a copper cauldron on his head getting ready him for the afterlife.
Archaeologists have been left stumped however the discovery and admitted they’ve by no means seen a ritual prefer it.
The kid, which might have been round six or seven, was buried with a earring of copper wire and adorned with a inexperienced glass bead.
He was armed with an iron knife and a copper cauldron helmet when he was laid to relaxation.
One other puzzling issue of the burial is that the deal with of the cauldron was tucked into the boy’s belt.
The grave was discovered close to Lake Bolshoy Poluisky Sor in northern Siberia, and has left archeologists scratching their heads.
Alexander Gusev, of the Scientific Centre for Arctic Research in Salekhard, mentioned: “That is the primary time we’ve got seen a cauldron used as a helmet.
“This discover reveals a change within the burial ceremony for folks residing in western Siberia within the Sixteenth century.”
Cauldrons are extra generally discovered on prime of a grave – however by no means often on the pinnacle of the deceased.
The bizarre grave was one in every of 16 burials in a made-made mound.
The boy was laid to relaxation on his again, along with his legs stretched in the direction of a close-by river, say archaeologists who haven’t but proven the poorly-preserved human stays.
Close to his head was an iron scoop and a bit of silver foil, mentioned Gusev.
Additional examine of the bizarre necropolis is deliberate subsequent yr.