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Human sacrifice and intentional corpse preservation in the Royal Cemetery of Ur

  • Aubrey Baadsgaard (a1), Janet Monge (a1), Samantha Cox (a1) and Richard L. Zettler (a1)
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The Royal Tombs at Ur have been long famous for their chilling scenario of young soldiers and courtesans who loyally took poison to die with their mistress. The authors investigate two of the original skulls with CT scans and propose a procedure no less chilling, but more enforceable. The victims were participants in an elaborate funerary ritual during which they were felled with a sharp instrument, heated, embalmed with mercury, dressed and laid ceremonially in rows.

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