2600-Year-Old Human Brain Found In Bog

Posted by on April 19th, 2011

Archaeologists have recently unearthed a 2600-year-old human skull from a bog in the United Kingdom, and the skull contained what is believed to be one of the oldest known intact human brains. The skull belonged to a man in his thirties, who was hung,  and then had his head cut off and thrown in the bog.

“The brain-containing skull was found at Heslington, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. O’Connor and her team suspect the site served a ceremonial function that persisted from the Bronze Age through the early Roman period. Many pits at the site were marked with single stakes. The remains of the man were without a body, but the scientists also found the headless body of a red deer that had been deposited into a channel.”

The brain had no evidence of fungal or bacteria and they described it as being “odorless…with a resilient, tofu-like texture.” Delicious.

[Discovery News]

5 Responses to “2600-Year-Old Human Brain Found In Bog”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Obviously scientists need to put that brain into a robot body and see what happens.

  2. Joseph Says:

    and that brain is probably still more active than my after Andrew blowing it so hard, so many times.

  3. RubberFish Says:

    I am assuming it wasn’t a man in his 30s who was hung, so much as hanged. Not that I’m meaning to insult a 2600 year old dead guy’s masculinity. : )

  4. Ryan Crutchfield Says:

    Touché. We will assume both.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    xalidus – you are absolutely correct.

    I hate tofu.