Saturday, January 23, 2016

Murder; the world's oldest profession

Archeologists working at a dig site in Northern Kenya have unearthed the fossilised remains of 27 pre-historic hunter gatherers, who appear to have died brutally in the world's oldest massacre (so far).  Ok, so that's not technically murder, but it is interesting and shows evidence of organized warfare occuring much earlier than previously thought.

The bodies, which are about 10'000 years old, were found near the shores of Turkana lake at a site called Nataruk.  Several of the bodies show signs of blunt-force trauma, you can see an example of this in the image above.  Other bodies show injuries consistent with arrows or spears, and the positions of a couple of the bodies seem to indicate that their hands were bound when they died. 

 This find is the oldest evidence of human warfare ever discovered, and challenges the generally accepted theory among archeologists and anthropologists, that hunter-gatherer groups did not engage in any kind of organised warfare, because they were nomadic, and didn't have land or resources to fight over. 

This discovery will significantly alter prevailing narratives about prehistoric human culture, as well as increasing our practical understanding of ancient hunter-gatherer tribal groups, their daily lives and the many dangers they faced, not just from large predators, and nature itself, but also from each other.

The World's First Massacre

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