2000 Year Old Quartered Bone Sets, Western Isles, National…

2000 Year Old Quartered Bone Sets, Western Isles, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 17.6.18.

It is difficult to fully understand the complex rites of burial that took place in the Ancient Western Isles of Scotland over 2000 years ago. Here the body of a 12 year old boy was quartered and placed in four distinct pits and mingled with the bones of two butchered young cattle and two sheep. The four pits were found beneath a house. 

It could be that he drowned or he may have been the victim of a sacrifice. The process may have been to put his soul to rest. The house may have been built above the pits because the place was then subsequently seen as a location of good luck.

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