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In images: Deformed skulls and Stone Age tombs from France

Unlikely find

neolithic tomb excavation

(Image credit: © Michel Christen, Inrap)

In 2013, archaeologists uncovered an extensive series of tombs spanning roughly 5,000 years of history.

Read more: Deformed, Pointy Skull from Dark Ages Unearthed in France

Wealthy Lady

deformed skull from the dark ages in france

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A woman's deformed skull was found in one of the tombs, which dates to around 1,650 years ago.

Ancient tomb

a woman's burial from the dark ages in france

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The lady's burial. The deceased has two gold pins that held a garment or veil on her chest. Two pendants, called chatelains, were connected to her belt. She is also accompanied by several objects: A silver mirror, beads and amber colored glass and a complimentary toiletries.

Glass Beads

glass beads from about 1,650 years ago

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Glass beads that were strung around a belt called a chatelain were also found in the tomb.

Ornate comb

antler comb from a long time ago

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An ornate comb and its case, made from antlers, was also found in the area.

Neolithic Burial

neolithic tomb from Obernai, France

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But the aristocratic lady's tomb was far from the oldest find: The researchers also unearthed a series of Neolithic tombs dating to between 4,950 B.C. and 4,750 B.C.

Pearl beads

limestone beads from a Neolithic tomb

(Image credit: © Denis Gliksman, Inrap)

Limestone beads were found in the Neolithic tomb that dated to at least 4,750 B.C.

Sheep and dog

dog and sheep skeletons found in ancient burials

(Image credit: © Clément Feliu, Inrap)

The skeletons of a dog and a sheep or goat were also found in the area, dating to between 450 to 350 B.C.

Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News,, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.