Archaeology / Cultural Heritage

[Archaeology] [twocolumns]

Anthropology / Human Evolution

[Anthropology] [twocolumns]

Palaeontology / Earth Sciences

[Palaeontology] [twocolumns]

Evolution / Genetics

[Evolution][twocolumns]

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre


Archaeologists said Tuesday they had discovered the remains of a 6,000-year-old massacre that took place in Alsace in eastern France, saying it was likely carried out by "furious ritualised warriors".

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
Archaeologists with the French National Institute of Archaeological Research (INRAP) uncover 
fossilized skeletons at Achenheim [Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
At a site outside Strasbourg, the corpses of 10 individuals were found in one of 300 ancient "silos" used to store grain and other food, a team from France's National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) told reporters.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
The corpses of ten individuals were found in one of 300 ancient 'silos' used to store grain and other food. Experts 
claim the gruesome discovery tells the tale of a devastating massacre that was likely carried 
out by 'furious ritualised warriors' [Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
The Neolithic group appeared to have died violent deaths, with multiple injuries to their legs, hands and skulls.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
The way the bodies were piled on top of each other suggested they had been killed together and dumped in the silo. 
At this time, it was common for bodies to be buried in circular pits among farming communities across central 
and Western Europe [Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
The way in which the bodies were piled on top of each other suggested they had been killed together and dumped in the silo.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
Six male skeletons - five adults and one adolescent were discovered with many fractures on skulls, legs, arms, ribs 
and pelvis [Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
"They were very brutally executed and received violent blows, almost certainly from a stone axe," said Philippe Lefranc, a specialist on the period for Inrap.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
The fossilized skeleton of a man with multiple fractured bones 
[Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
The skeletons of five adults and one adolescent were found, as well as four arms from different individuals.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
The fossilised skeletons of two men with numerous fractured bones 
[Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
The arms were likely "war trophies" like those found at a nearby burial site of Bergheim in 2012, said Lefranc.

France unearths bones from 6,000-year-old Neolithic massacre
A shattered skull discovered among fractured and fossilised skeletons at the site of an archaeological dig in Alsace, 
north-eastern France [Credit: Inrap/Philippe Lefranc]
He said the mutilations indicated a society of "furious ritualised warriors", while the silos were stored within a defence wall that pointed towards "a troubled time, a period of insecurity".

Source: AFP [June 07, 2016]
TANN

Post A Comment
  • Blogger Comment using Blogger
  • Facebook Comment using Facebook
  • Disqus Comment using Disqus

No comments :


Exhibitions / Travel

[Exhibitions] [bsummary]

Natural Heritage / Environment / Wildlife

[Natural Heritage] [list]

Astronomy / Astrobiology / Space Exploration

[Universe] [list]