Bulgarian archaeologists during the excavations at the early Neolithic settlement of Slatina in Sofia discovered 8000 year old burial of four people buried in an unusual way.

About the opening of said Academy of Sciences of Bulgaria. It was made in the territory of the archeological area of Slatina, which is considered the cradle of European civilization.

the Researchers from the National archaeological Institute have found the burial of four people, three adults and a child, which is the earliest on the territory of Sofia and the Sofia plain. In one of the graves were found the remains of a man and a child.

In another tomb were buried a woman, and at the burial she was laid on her stomach. Next to her was the buried man, and one of his hands at the burial of specially placed under the body, and his legs were bent at the knees and pressed against his torso. Such funeral practices in the Neolithic are not met. However, the rituals of the time very little is known.

In the near future it is planned to conduct DNA analysis of the remains found. This will allow to determine the identity of the buried in a particular culture, and also to find out the degree of relationship between them. By the way, the excavations in Slatine been going on for 30 years. But just last year, it was first discovered two burials.

All four graves found in the current field season dates back to the beginning of the sixth Millennium BC. That is, it was one of the first residents of the settlement, which is believed to have existed for about 500 years, and from which, presumably, started the civilization of Europe.

was Found during the previous excavations of the items indicate that in this settlement lived farmers and herders. It was founded in the late seventh Millennium BC. New finds prove that this was a civilized society.

So, in addition to the four graves, archaeologists have found ceramic vessels, fragments of a spindle, a loom, furnace and many other artifacts. By the way, in Slatina plans to build new homes. Therefore, the current archaeological excavations are in fact the rescue operation.