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  • The Porpoise's Remains May Have Been Buried In Secret on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#5) The Porpoise's Remains May Have Been Buried In Secret

    Guernsey archaeologist Philip de Jersey was puzzled by the animal's grave. He told The Guardian, “If they had eaten it or killed it for the blubber, why take the trouble to bury it? Some effort was made to create a neat hole.”

    De Jersey theorized that maybe the porpoise was buried in secret. A monk may not have had permission to kill and/or eat the animal, so he buried it to hide his tracks.

     

  • Archeologists Were Baffled By The Find on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#2) Archeologists Were Baffled By The Find

    During day 11 of the excavation, Guernsey archaeologist Philip de Jersey filmed his reaction to the grave site. He posted the video on YouTube with the caption: "Just as we thought we were getting towards the end of the excavation, a totally unexpected discovery..."

    De Jersey explains in the video how the porpoise grave was truly odd to find, noting:

    It's very peculiar. I really don't know what to make of this yet. Why go to the trouble of burying a porpoise in what to all intents and purposes looks like a grave cut? It's not something I've ever encountered before. It's not something I can find any parallels or comparable examples at the moment. But it's a wonderful surprise, really, for the concluding few days of the dig. We thought we were down to the prehistoric and the flint, and now we have this definitely cut in in the medieval period with the remains of a porpoise. Who could have expected that?

  • The Monks May Have Considered The Porpoise A Symbol Of Christianity on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#7) The Monks May Have Considered The Porpoise A Symbol Of Christianity

    The porpoise may have had some Christian significance to the monks who resided on Chapelle Dom Hue. De Jersey explained to The Guardian, “The dolphin has a strong significance in Christianity but I’ve not come across anything like this before. It's the slightly wacky kind of thing that you might get in the Iron Age but not in medieval times."

    The dolphin is featured in early Christian art. Centuries ago, people believed the dolphin represented Christ. Fisherman who encountered the animals equated their behavior to human emotions - they demonstrated qualities such as love and friendship. Dolphins were also considered to be fish, which are a typical Christian symbol.

  • The Monks May Have Caught The Porpoise In A Tide Pool on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#9) The Monks May Have Caught The Porpoise In A Tide Pool

    A porpoise would have been considered a delicacy in medieval times. It's possible that the monks accidentally came across the animal and took advantage of a free meal. During high tide, the animal may have gotten trapped in a tidal pool on the island. The monks may have decided to kill it when they realized it was stuck in the pool and unable to escape during low tide.

  • The True Nature Of The Burial May Remain Unknown on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#10) The True Nature Of The Burial May Remain Unknown

    The purpose of the porpoise's grave has yet to be solved. De Jersey and his team of archaeologists have their theories about it, but further testing is needed to come to a better conclusion. Radiocarbon dating indicated that the creature was buried sometime between 1416 and 1490. Lab results of the remains didn't reveal enough salt or other food elements to give a good enough indication that the animal was a food source. Researchers will have to do some more digging to determine the grave's purpose.

  • It May Have Been Put In The Hole For Preservation on Random Scientists Have No Idea Why This Giant Creature Was Buried In A Human Gravesite

    (#6) It May Have Been Put In The Hole For Preservation

    Another theory is that the monks fully intended on eating the porpoise and put it in a hole to preserve it for consumption at a later time. The "burial" may have simply been one of the steps they took to prepare it for a future meal.

    Archaeologist Philip de Jersey explained to The Guardian, “It may have been packed in salt and then for some reason they didn’t come back to it.” When interviews by National Geographic, he said, "The lengths they would have gone through...It would have taken a considerable effort."

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A few years ago, archeologists were excavating a medieval site on a small island in the English Channel, they were bewildered by the discovery of a dolphin skeleton, it seems to be a carefully prepared human tomb. The researchers first thought they had found a grave for humans, but the dolphin bone was the only remains found during the excavation.

So far, archaeologists have unearthed many traces of ancient animal funerals, dating back to 14,000 years ago, when the domestication of animals by humans had just begun. This random tool also introduced 10 other cases where animals were buried in human graves.

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