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5000-year-old drum buried with 3 children locked in an embrace uncovered

Archaeologists uncover 5000-year-old drum buried with 3 children locked in an embrace

The British Museum has announced the ‘most significant’ pre-historic art discovery in Britain in a century.

The Burton Agnes chalk drum, a 5,000-year-old chalk sculpture, was discovered on a country estate in East Yorkshire’s eponymous area.

The drum is adorned with an elaborate design popular at the time Stonehenge was built.

It was discovered near the graves of three children of varying ages.

The bodies of the three children were buried in an embrace, with the eldest child holding the two youngest children’s hands, which were touching.

The drum was buried just above the eldest child’s head.

The drum was found at the head of 3 children, buried in an embrace

The’most important’ piece of prehistoric art discovered in Britain in the last 100 years, according to Neil Wilkin, curator of The World of Stonehenge at the British Museum.

“This is a truly remarkable discovery, and is the most important piece of prehistoric art to be found in Britain in the last 100 years,” he said.

He added that the scene uncovered at the grave was ‘deeply moving’.

“The discovery of the Burton Agnes grave is highly moving. The emotions the new drum expresses are powerful and timeless, they transcend the time of Stonehenge and reflect a moment of tragedy and despair that remains undimmed after 5,000 years.”

It was excavated by contractors from Allen archaeology, and will go on exhibition at the British Museum as part of its ‘The world of Stonehenge’ exhibition.

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