An incredible 5,000-year-old drum has been found in the tomb of a prehistoric child that “embraced.

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According to the British Museum, the Stonehenge-era chalk drum is “the most important piece of prehistoric art found in the UK in the last 100 years”.The 5,000-year-old drum, found in an ancient children’s cemetery, will go on display for the first time next week, CNN reports.It will be unveiled six years after its discovery as part of the British Museum’s Stonehenge World exhibition.The drum was discovered in 2015 on a country estate near the village of Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire, England, and had to be routinely excavated so the owner could build a structure, according to the Washington Post.Burton Agnes chalk drums, clay balls and bone needles.(British Museum Trustees) During a routine dig, a team of archaeologists from independent company Allen Archaeology uncovered an ancient burial site.The cemetery contains the remains of three children between the ages of 3 and 12, whose bones have been interwoven for thousands of years.”They were hugging,” Mark Allen, founder of Allen Archaeology, told the Washington Post.According to Phys.org, the drum was placed above the older child’s head, along with chalk balls and polished bone needles.Despite its name, archaeologists do not believe drums were used as Musical Instruments.It’s more likely to be a sculptural work of art, an amulet, or, perhaps, a child’s toy.The grave is a rare find, as ancient people in Neolithic Britain typically left bodies to be cremated or eaten by crows, according to the Washington Post.The drum is so important because it is “one of the most beautifully decorated objects of this period found anywhere in The UK and Ireland”, according to the British Museum.Neil Wilkin, director of the British Museum, told the Washington Post that the carvings on the drum show spirals and triangles with a “butterfly” theme.They are artistically similar to other objects found at Neolithic sites in Scotland and Ireland, suggesting that prehistoric communities communicated with each other despite geographical distances, Wilkin said.”This drum is particularly interesting because it basically contains an artistic language that we see all over the British Isles now, and we’re talking about 5,000 years ago,” project curator Jennifer Wexler told CNN.It’s been more than 100 years since the discovery was unearthed with Folkton Drums.In 1889, three similar chalk drums were found in the village of Falkton, about 15 miles (24 km) from Burton Agnes.”We’ve been waiting for over 100 years for another of these amazing objects to show up, and for it to show up again as a child — amazing,” Wilkin told the Washington Post.