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Friday, October 9, 2015

Neolithic conflicts more violent than previously thought

From the «got a big ass-kicking comin your way, bro» department: 
Title: Massacres, Torture and Mutilation: Extreme Violence in Neolithic Conflicts 
Author: cmn32480 
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:31:00 -0400 

Phoenix666[1] writes: 

Violent conflicts in Neolithic Europe were held more brutally[2] than has 
been known so far. This emerges from a recent anthropological analysis of the 
roughly 7000-year-old mass grave of Schöneck-Kilianstädten by researcher of 
the Universities of Basel and Mainz. The findings, published in the journal 
PNAS, show that victims were murdered and deliberately mutilated. 

It was during the time when Europeans first began to farm. To what degree 
conflicts and wars featured in the early Neolithic (5600 to 4900 B.C.), and 
especially in the so-called Linear Pottery culture (in German, 
Linearbandkeramik, LBK), is a disputed theme in research. It is particularly 
unclear whether social tensions were responsible for the termination of this 
era. So far two mass graves from this period were known to stem from armed 
conflicts (Talheim, Germany, and Asparn/Schletz, Austria). 
Besides various types of (bone) injuries caused by arrows, they also found 
many cases of massive damage to the head, face and teeth, some inflicted on 
the victims shorty before or after their death. In addition, the attackers 
systematically broke their victims' legs, pointing to torture and deliberate 
mutilation. Only few female remains were found, which further indicates that 
women were not actively involved in the fighting and that they were possibly 
abducted by the attackers. 

The abstract from the original study can be found at[3]. 

From Schöneck-Kilianstädten to Rwanda, it seems like humanity hasn't come very 

Original Submission[4] 

Read more of this story[5] at SoylentNews. 

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