1. A cup made from a human skull
Our prehistoric ancestors weren’t cannibals on purpose. Scientists believe that it was more a case of ‘eating the evidence’; what more effective way of clearing away human remains than having them for tea? It cut down on the time and energy it took to hunt other protein sources and kept dangerous scavengers away from the camp, too. The specimen here, found in Gough’s cave, Somerset, is roughly 14,700 years old and likely to be from an immigrant from south-west Europe. The skull’s soft tissue was removed shortly after death and the bone shows signs of a thorough cleaning. Its condition means that it can now be used as a cup – handy for your most bloodthirsty moments.