Author and explorer Graham Hancock has tirelessly explored ancient culture, and has learned that ancient cultures made some important discoveries that even our modern science does not know about yet. This week on Dreamland, he talks about the meanings of ancient art in prehistoric caves. One of the world’s oldest buildings, filled with art, has just been discovered.

Archeologists have discovered that an ancient, untouched Syrian tomb that was discovered six years ago, filled with human and animal remains, gold and silver treasures and unbroken artifacts dating back to the third millennium BC, is one of eight that are located near each other.

Archaeologist Glenn Schwartz found that the newly discovered tombs contain signs of the ritual sacrifice of humans and animals, including the skeletons of infants and decapitated donkeys, as well as puppy bones. He says, “Given these discoveries, it’s likely that the tomb complex is a royal cemetery. Animal sacrifices were certainly a big part of this culture in that offerings of sheep and other animals are given to the gods to eat and also given to deceased royal ancestors?The tombs were built on the highest and most central part of the city and thus would have been visible from everywhere else and would have dominated the local landscape.”

To see a photo of the partially-excavated building, click here.

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