Bottles and mortuary houses

29 Sep 2019

William also sent in the link to a Viking age mortuary house found in central Norway . See for example https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2019/09/viking-age-mortuary-house-found... ... the mortuary house was dug into an older burial mound suggesting the Vikings wanted their ancestors, and families, to remain in touch - assuming they believed they were descended from the people in the burial mound. This is in contrast to boat burials where it is imagined the idea was for the corpses to be transported to the land of the dead.

At https://phys.org/news/2019-09-evidence-early-baby-bottles-animal.html ... and https://phys.org/news/2019-09-discovery-prehistoric-baby-bottles-infants... ... researchers from the University of Bristol, and other universities, have collated evidence that prehistoric babies were fed animal milk from the equivalent of modern baby bottles - in the Neolithic of Europe (from as early as 5000BC). The practise became common place in the Bronze and Iron ages.