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Human Skulls from 1800s Found While Clearing Roads After Landslide in Mizoram's Mamit

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Last Updated: August 14, 2020, 21:09 IST

For Representation: An ancient Neanderthal skull, a similar hominin as the ghost population discovered now, recovered from Forbes' quarry in 1848. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

For Representation: An ancient Neanderthal skull, a similar hominin as the ghost population discovered now, recovered from Forbes' quarry in 1848. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Skulls and bones of 12 adults came down the hill during the landslide that blocked the Tuidam-Kawrte Road near the Tripura border.

Several human skulls and bones, believed to be more than a century old, were on Friday found while clearing the debris of a landslide from a road in Mizoram's Mamit district, police said.

Skulls and bones of 12 adults came down the hill during the landslide that blocked the Tuidam-Kawrte Road near the Tripura border, deputy inspector general (northern range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte told PTI.

The skulls and skeletal remains were found inside earthen pots, and believed to be from the late 1800s, he said.

Khiangte said these are believed to be of Mizo chiefs from that period, during which the practice of burying earthen pots containing skulls and bones after cremation was followed.

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He said that a sub-divisional police officer from Kawrtha was sent to the spot.

"I have instructed the SDPO to collect the skulls and skeletons and bring them to the Kawrtha police station," he said.

These will be handed over to the forensic department for examination, he added.

first published:August 14, 2020, 21:09 IST
last updated:August 14, 2020, 21:09 IST