Obscure Antiquity

Were the broch builders ZOMBIE FLESH EATING CANNIBALS???

Touched on recently in the new book “Aspects of Prehistory: Caithness Archaeology” and debated for some time, throughout this thread we dare to delve into the depths of the macabre Iron Age and discover what is behind the claims of Iron Age ritual cannibalism!

During the time of the first excavations of brochs in Caithness, many human and animal body parts were discovered deposited within the buildings, commonly at doorways. During these first excavations by Laing and Huxley in the 1850-1860s, the idea of naked cannibal barbarian savages was a popular, if ‘romanticised’ view common amongst many antiquarians of the day.

Adding fuel to the fire of their imaginations was the discovery of a child’s jawbone alongside animal bones during the excavation of Keiss harbour broch. Laing and Huxley commented

“…this raises a strong assumption that these aboriginal savages were occasionally cannibals…I…

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seven slain brothers — Graveyards of Scotland

The Douglas clan was a powerful one in ancient Scotland, respected and sometimes feared. Mothers would use the name to pressure their children: Be good or the black Douglas will get you. They were called Black Douglas, for their inclination as well as their complexion; they were a rather dark-skinned family. One of the many […]

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