The ancient remains of people buried about 1,500 years ago, exposed a storm on the shores of one of the Orkney Islands, March 13 reports livescience magazine.
It is not yet known whether the exposed bones belong to the Picts or the Vikings. No burial objects or traces of the funeral clothing were left. So far it is only clear that the bodies in the cemetery were buried in four or five layers.
To prevent further destruction of the ancient cemetery, volunteers stack sand and clay bags along the coast.
Earlier, during excavations at this place, a carved Pictish stone and the remains of a medieval Christian chapel were discovered. However, some graves may be pre-Christian, said Peter Higgins of the Orca Archeology Research Center (ORCA), a member of the Institute of Archeology of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
About 250 skeletons were removed from the cemetery 50 years ago, but it is not known how far the cemetery extends from the beach, he said. It is believed that hundreds of Pictish and Scandinavian bodies are still buried there, Higgins added.
Recall that the Orkney Islands have been inhabited for millennia and have many well-preserved archaeological sites of antiquity. Such as the prehistoric village of Skara Bray and the standing stones of the Broadgar ring - a ceremonial place that includes 13 barrows and dates back to 3000 BC.