During an excavation in northeast China, scientists have discovered the ghastly remains of 97 bodies stuffed in what they are calling a “5,000-year-old house of horrors,” according to the Mirror.
The bodies of teenagers and young men and women were discovered in a tiny house in a China village, who archaeologists believe had died from an epidemic. The way their bodies were piled on top of each other led them to believe that the virus was spreading at a faster rate than expected, and the villagers had no time to bury the dead. Instead, they’d throw them inside of a tiny house.
The house of horrors was named Hamin Mangha as the human remains were from an era where writing wasn’t used and when the people would have to “live in relatively small settlements, growing crops and hunting for food.”
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“Hamin Mangha site is the largest and best-preserved prehistoric settlement site found to date in northeast China,” a team of archaeologists wrote in a report.
Between April and November 11, archaeologists stumbled upon the village which contain 29 small houses that were a simply “one-room structures.”
The house in which the 97 bodies were discovered was just 210-square-feet. “On the floor, numerous human skeletons are scattered in a disorderly way,” the archaeologist continued. “The skeletons in the northwest are relatively complete, while those in the east often [have] only skulls, with limb bones scarcely remaining.”
“But in the south, limb bones were discovered in a mess, forming two or three layers.”
“The human bone accumulation in F40 was formed because ancient humans put remains into the house successively and stacked centrally,” wrote team leaders Ya Wei Zhou and Hong Zhu.
After the villagers placed the dead bodies in the tiny house, it was unexpectedly burnt down, causing the bodies to char and deform. However, archaeologists at Jilin University – located in China – are studying the prehistoric remains to uncover what happened to the villagers.
Archaeologists believe that the human remains found in northeast China were between the ages of 19 and 35.
The investigation is ongoing.
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