Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sculptor's Cave scene of mourning or child sacrifice?

I know we always like to think the best of our ancestors, I couldn't help but wonder if the evidence of child decapitation at Sculptor's Cave in Scotland perhaps indicated a cult of child sacrifice not a strange burial ritual. I wish I could watch the program. I've asked Dish Network several times about the possibility of adding British TV channels to a new International Tier but they have not indicated any plans to do so. I wonder if a tier of British TV channels would reduce the viewership of such mainstays as the "Discovery Channel" since it frequently reruns programs produced by the BBC.

Ian Shepherd, an archaeologist, has carried out numerous excavations in the remote [Sculptor's] cave [in Scotland]. Uncovering skeletal parts from six children, his work brought to light skull parts in the cave's entrance, which from the way they lay, indicated there had at one time been fleshy heads on poles.

"From what we can tell, these were simply people mourning their dead children," Mr Shepherd said. Prior to his discovery of the skull parts in 1979, a previous excavation 50 years before by classical archaeologist Sylvia Benton found thousands of bone parts - largely from juveniles.

Called the Sculptor's Cave because of ancient inscriptions at the entrance, the location of the cave has been known since Victorian times, but it is very remote.

It can only be accessed from the land at low tide along a mile of shingle beach or by scaling the cliff face. The BBC Scotland production team accessed it from the water by boat. Three thousand years ago, it might even have been an island, which would have reinforced its spiritual status.

Using computer graphics, the series, Art & Soul, will bring the cave back to life, showing the indicators of its religious significance and delving into its dark interior, a sacred pool strewn with Bronze Age treasures."