Well-preserved remains of a prehistoric woman have been found in northeastern Germany. They are over 5000 years ago. According to them, you can restore the food habits of people of this period.
“Mrs. Betikovskaya,” as scientists called her, was found near a village in the Uckermark region of northeastern Germany. According to local media reports, the skeleton was buried in a squatting position, one of the oldest known forms of burial.
Studies have shown that the woman was between 30 and 45 years old and died over 5,000 years ago. All that remains of her are bones and some fragments of clothing, but researchers still managed to piece together some details of her life.
According to anthropologist Bettina Jungklaus, it was during the Neolithic period that people first included grains in their diets, as they are easier to store than meat and also used as money. However, this led to a deterioration in the general health of people of that period.
According to Jungklaus, this can be seen from the condition of the teeth: they are severely eroded and in some places are completely absent.
There is usually enamel on the surface of the teeth. But here it is badly worn out. This allows us to draw conclusions about her diet: she was probably very high in fiber, very hard. There are certain grains that cause the easy tooth to wear
Bettina Jungklaus, anthropologist and study author
It remains unclear whether the condition of the woman’s teeth indicates an illness or even the cause of her death.
The researchers now hope to learn more about her life, including whether she came from the Uckermark region or immigrated there from elsewhere.