In an ancient necropolis in Corsica, archaeologists have discovered human remains that were buried inside amphorae.
An ancient necropolis with 40 tombs has been discovered on the French island of Corsica, including cylindrical jugs filled with human remains.
According to archaeologists, both babies and adults are buried in the cemetery. The necropolis, located in the town of Il-Rousse on the northern coast of the island, appears to have been in use between the third and fifth centuries AD. During this time, the Roman Empire was gradually declining. Significantly, several remains were found buried inside amphorae – large vessels commonly used to transport goods such as olive oil, wine, or pickles. The design of the amphorae indicates that they are from North Africa, and some of them may have been produced in Carthage.
Despite this, the bodies buried in the necropolis, including amphoras, probably lived near the necropolis in Corsica, scientists emphasize. At that time, there was a lot of trade across the Mediterranean. This explains the presence of amphorae from Africa.
Over the next few months, archaeologists will conduct laboratory work to determine the gender of the people, their exact age, and any illness or injury they may have.