The skeleton was found during excavation work for wind turbines in the Uckermark district, which is located about 102 kilometers outside Berlin.
The woman is believed to have been buried between 2,200 and 2,500 BC, Christof Krauskopf from the Brandenburg state office for preservation of the monument to the German news agency, epd.
He added that the unusual way that women were buried made the discovery “of high scientific significance.”
‘Never found it like this before’
Archaeologists Philipp Roskoschinski and Christoph Rzegotta, who made the discovery, said that the skeleton was found posing in a squatting position in a hole near the settlement, not in a cemetery.
Roskoschinski told EPD that the discovery was “a rare and interesting discovery.” The woman was laid to rest on her right side with her legs and hands pulled in, with her head positioned east with her eyes pointing north.
“I’ve never found anything like this before,” Roskoschinski, who owns the archaeological firm Archaeros, told Tagesspiegel newspaper.
He and his colleagues believe that this shows that the woman was deliberately positioned like this and not just put in a tomb.
Researchers are now conducting tests to get a better idea of how old the skeleton is and how the woman died.
“Unfortunately, there are no other findings in the tomb that can tell us more about the woman’s life,” said Roskoschinski. Tagesspiegel newspaper. “But the site was lovingly surrounded by tombstones.”
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