While renovating a town square in Słomniki, Poland, archaeologists discovered a well-preserved skeleton of a person who lived around 7,000 years ago as well as fragments of pottery and flint. The burial took place around 7,000 years ago, and the discovered pottery suggests that it belonged to linear pottery culture.
The soil in which the burial took place was loosely packed and had a non-acidic chemical makeup, leading to the perfectly preserved condition of the skeleton. Further analysis by an anthropologist will reveal the identity of the buried person.
Małgorzata Kot, an adjunct professor of archaeology, emphasized the significance of the discovery, stating that it belonged to the earliest Neolithic farmers who entered Poland in the 6th millennium. These farmers are relatively unknown, and little information is available about their culture and burial practices. Kot also highlighted the coexistence of these early farmers and hunter-gatherers, who were already living in the area, for about two millennia, but we aren’t sure of their interaction.