Archaeologists Make Grisly Find in China
Skulls of 80 sacrificed young women unearthed
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2013 9:57 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2013 9:20 AM CST
Stock photo of an archeologist digging.   (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

(Newser) – A mass grave holding the skulls of 80 young women has been found in China, state media today reported, and the details only get grislier from there. Archaeologists believe the women may have been sacrificed as many as 4,000 years ago, perhaps as part of "foundation ceremonies" that were held before the construction of the neolithic stone city commenced. The women's skulls were buried without their bodies, and many had indications that they were "hit and burned," per one archaeologist.

The South China Morning Post reports that it's not the first sign of human sacrifice in ancient China, where servants and concubines often joined kings and emperors in their graves—sometimes killed first, sometimes buried alive. The find occurred in Shaanxi province's Shimao Ruins, which were themselves discovered in 1976 and continue to turn up big finds: Archaeologists last week announced that they had uncovered the ruins of two beacon towers there, per the Xinhua news agency.

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MajorBatguano
Dec 8, 2013 11:27 AM CST
So many religions obsessed with blood, spilling blood, drinking blood and it still persists 4000 years later. One of the reasons I am a happy non-theist
TwoSheds
Dec 8, 2013 1:33 AM CST
They must have had something against ladies with good heads on their shoulders
Barbara Kemp
Dec 7, 2013 8:07 PM CST
THE PART THAT I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND IS WHY WOMEN LET THE MEN MAKE THE LAWS, WHEN IT IS THE WOMEN THAT CAN GIVE LIFE OR TAKE IT AWAY, I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, IS THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD STOP HAVING THE MALES THEN WHO IS IT THE MALES WOULD BE ALLOWED TO KILL, NO MALES NO KILL WOMEN OR RAPE THEM OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT GOES ON IN THIS WORLD. YES WE NEED A FEW OF THEM SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE KIDS BUT REALLY LADIES YOU DO HAVE THE POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH BY YOUR CHOICE, JUST AS GOD HAS THE POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH. SO WHY ARE WE LETTING THESE MEN GET AWAY WITH THIS CRAP ANYWAY. STOP HAVING THE BOYS AND THIS COUNTRY CAN FINALLY GET SOME PEACE. I MEAN NO WARS, NO POLICIAL PARTIES EXCEPT FOR WOMEN, NOT TO MENTION ANYTHING ELSE, NOW JUST THINK ABOUT IT LADIES. WE DO HAVE ALL THE POWER AND WE OR SOME ARE TO DUMB TO KNOW IT. NOT ME, I DO NOT PUT UP WITH ANY CRAP OFF OF A MAN LIKE MOST OF THESE WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD DOES, AND I MARRIED AN AWESOME GUY. HEY I AM JUST SAYING, THE FACTS AS I SEE THEM, NEXT TIME LET THEM FIND THE 40 HEADS OF MALES INSTEAD OF FEMALES IS THE WAY I SEE IT. IF SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE AROUND ME, IT SURE IN HELL IS NOT GOING TO ME, IT IS GOING TO BE HIM. IS ALL I AM SAYING. STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND STOP TAKING THE BULL OFF OF MEN LADIES. IF THESE LADIES WOULD HAVE DONE THAT THEIR HEADS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FOUND BY US. NOW WOULD THEY?