The researchers found the skeleton in a bowed posture . The woman was laid on her right side with her arms and legs bent towards her chest and face north. Bending posture is one of the oldest postures, common in tombs in Neolithic Europe , lasting from 6,000 to 2,000 BC, when society gradually shifted from hunting to farming.
The remains of women date back about 4,000 - 4,500 years. (Photo: Newsweek).
Archaeological team speculate the remains date to around 2,500 BC, according to Christof Krauskopf of the Brandenburg State Mausoleum Conservation Agency. However, they have not been able to determine the exact time and more research is needed to find out the age of the remains as well as the age of the woman when she died.
Krauskopf said the finding could help explain questions about the expansion of cultures in human history. In addition to the special posture of the remains, there is no burial in the tomb to help provide clues about the status or cause of death, said Philipp Roskoschinski, an archaeological team member.
Roskoschinski and other archaeologists involved in the excavation said the woman was buried in a pit near a residential area instead of a cemetery. The next step includes laboratory testing to clarify the age of the remains. An anthropologist will also be invited to check on the woman's signs of illness, eating habits and cause of death. Genetic testing will help the archaeological team shed some light on whether the woman had an ancestor in the Uckermark district or had come from elsewhere.