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Professor Vincenzo Formicola (Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Italy) has been conducting research in different Upper Paleolithic Burial Sites across Europe and his results indicate that the region's population may have practiced ritual human sacrifice. The large number of multiple-burial sites, some containing skeletons of dwarfs and deformed children with ornate burial offerings such as ivory beads, suggests that human sacrifice was a custom in Europe in the period between 28,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Many burial sites across Europe continue to remain in good condition and provide an important source of information for researchers to investigate ideological aspects underlying Prehistoric funeral practices. Dr. Formicola's analysis of the European record reveals an intriguing number multiple burials. Furthermore, Dr. Formicola finds that the burials, if not simultaneous, were not long separated in time. The conservative explanation for a multiple burial would be to conclude i