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Ancient Burials Bring Indonesian Life to Light

A new analysis says that the bodies of ancient island inhabitants may illuminate the cultural practices and movement patterns of thousands of years ago.

By Sam WaltersAug 26, 2022 10:30 AM
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Though it may seem paradoxical, studying the ways our ancestors died and dealt with death may be our best window into the ways that they lived their lives. A new study published in PLOS ONE stresses this point, stating that three burials from thousands of years ago may shed some light on traditions and movements of the ancient inhabitants of Indonesia’s Alor Island.

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