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‘Britons were cannibals’

world Updated: Aug 09, 2009 01:26 IST

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A new research at the Oxford University, based on human remains found from a prehistoric cave in UK's south west Devon county, claims that early Britons could have been cannibals.

Research by scientists who examined a 9,000-year-old human arm bone from the prehistoric cave show flesh was removed from it, or that dismemberment took place shortly after death.

Dr Rick Schulting, of Oxford's School of Archaeology, said there are "intentional cut marks on there", and "it seems the bone has been intentionally split".

"These two together can raise the possibility of cannibalism," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Saturday.

"The fact the markings are all in the same place indicate they were made to remove muscle attachments from the bone while it was still "fresh", Dr Schulting said.

"This may only be a single bone, but it has already shown us something about mortuary practices, and the possibility of cannibalism," he underlined.