Prehistoric_Britain

Prehistory worksheet link DEATH BURIAL

burial cistThe first humans wandering Britain almost a million years ago were very different to us. One thing we had in common is that they would have been sad and upset when someone close to them died. There is evidence that Neanderthal people also cared for the bodies of the dead. 19 teeth from Neanderthal bodies were found in a cave in Wales between 1978 and 1995 where they were carefully placed after their death.

The first evidence of burials have been found from 225,000 years ago. Before that, bodies were probably left out on top of the ground. They may have left flowers with them or left something else precious to that person. We don't know for sure. When bodies are buried, the bones and some of the things buried with them can last for a very long time. This gives archaeologists evidence to tell us more about our prehistoric ancestors.


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Burial Cist

Allows pupils to examine an undisturbed burial, by first revealing the contents by removing the cap. Special care has been taken to show the cist as if it is "beneath" the page, simulating a real burial. The AR exploits the curiosity that most pupils will have to take a peek inside.

In reality, due to the extreme age of burials and the fact that British prehistoric people did not use mummification, remains are virtually unheard of. This AR links closely to the activity about the significance of marking the death of an individual.

burial cist

This ARtefact displays an unopened burial cist. Tapping the stones on top will open the cist, allowing you to see the burial inside.


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