Healed wound on the skull of a man found in an unusual burial display at Kanaljorden, Sweden | Fredrik Hallgren

Hunter-Gatherer Skulls Mounted on Stakes Reveal Symbolic Ritual Practice

A seemingly gory prehistoric site in Sweden may be something else altogether: a sacred burial for revered people.

A human skull on a stake found at Kanaljorden, Sweden | Fredrik Hallgren
The excavation site at Kanaljorden, Sweden, where an unusual collection of human and animal remains, plus other artifacts, were discovered | Fredrik Hallgren
Archaeologist Tove Stjärna of Stockholm University and another researcher study an ancient cranium found at Kanaljorden, Sweden. | Fredrik Hallgren