Archaeologists have unearthed 10,500-year-old human bones in the Duvensee Bog in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.
For over a hundred years archaeologists have been researching and exploring the Duvensee bog in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.
Throughout their investigations, they have unearthed bark mats from Stone Age campsites, evidence of hazelnut roasting, and numerous pieces of flint. However, until October this year, they have never discovered any human remains.
Researchers have just discovered cremated bones at the site, dating back 10,500 years. The site was once home to numerous Mesolithic campsites.
Not only is this remarkable discovery the first human remains discovered at the site, but it's also northern Germany's oldest-known human burial.
Most of the ancient remains had badly decayed, archaeologists only realised they had uncovered human bones after discovering the charred remains of a thigh bone.
It is currently unknown how the person died.
With all of the evidence showing that in ancient times people used the Duvensee bog as a campsite, it is surprising that it has taken so long to unearth human remains on the site. Live Science reported that archaeologists believe ancient people buried their dead close to where they died, not using specialised graveyards until much later.
Harald Lubke, an archaeologist at the Center for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, told Live Science: "Maybe they didn't bury people on the islands but only at the sites on the lake border, which seem to have had a different kind of function.
"Burning the body seems to be a central part of burial rituals at this time."
This most recent discovery helps researchers gain a better insight into what life was like for ancient communities in the region. It is believed that Stone Age hunter-gathers inhabited the site some 15,000 to 5,000 years ago.