Bloodstained spoils embalmed in cedar oil, long-haired severed heads, niches cut into
pillars in third century sanctuaries. Nine skulls. No other bones found in the vicinity.
Trophies, memento mori. Linoleic acid. Immersed, rubbed and oiled like cricket bats
to prevent them from cracking. Preservations, lingering relics from an earlier cult.
Rubble and ruins.