A 2,684 year old human brain was recently discovered “exceptionally preserved” in a waterlogged U.K. pit, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science study.
The organ is the oldest known intact human brain from Europe and Asia, according to the authors, who also believe it’s one of the best-preserved ancient brains in the world. The condition of the brain is remarkable for it’s age.
The skull, containing the brain remnants was found at Heslington, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.
The ancient body cause of death after so many years, indicates the damage to the neck vertebrae was consistent with a hanging.
The brain had the consistency of tofu, and had none of the distinctive smell so often associated with dead corpses.