Rare ancient burial contains child whose arms and legs were removed

Archaeologists have discovered the rare burial of a young child who was laid to rest 8,000 years ago without arm and leg bones, a new study finds. 

The child, who was no older than 8, was buried on what is now Alor Island, Indonesia. During the burial ceremony, the long bones in the child’s arms and legs were removed and disposed elsewhere, and part of the child’s face was painted with red ochre, a pigment often used in burials across the ancient world.

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