Researchers have uncovered the partial remains of a young, headless woman in a tomb in Guangdong Province, south China. The scientists believe she has been “squatting” in the grave site for roughly 13,500 years.
Some archaeologists believe her unusual resting position may symbolize pregnancy, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported. But researchers involved in the excavation aren’t sure how she lost her head.
Researchers think the woman’s burial position might indicate that people of the time performed funerary procedures and rites. Other prehistoric bodies have been found in a similar position in southeast Asia.