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Researchers say they have found the bones of more than 20 children and adults (mostly men) at a prehistoric mass grave site in Germany. And the remains show evidence of violence — arrow injuries and indications of blunt force.
"On one hand you are curious about finding out more about this, but also shocked to see what people can do to each other," Christian Meyer, an archaeologist from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, told the Guardian newspaper.
Meyer is among the authors of a study about the massacre site at Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten.
Intriguingly, the sites have all been dated toward the end of the LBK's 600-year presence, suggesting that members of this culture — which is thought to have developed in what is now Hungary and spread along the Danube River — may have turned on each other.
...At all three sites, the victims and the perpetrators appeared to have been from the Linearbandkeramik — or LBK — culture, a farming people who arrived in central Europe about 5,500 B.C...
...In addition to the blunt force and arrow injuries found on the bones, crews working at the Stone Age site near Frankfurt found "intentional and systematic breaking of lower limbs," according to the study...
"It was either torture or mutilation. We can't say for sure whether the victims were still alive,"
"intentional and systematic breaking of lower limbs,"
originally posted by: Flavian
a reply to: Marduk
Brilliant. I have to say that is the best response to a comment i think i have ever had!
The broken legs would indicate to me, that the killers were saying "no more travel for you" in a spiritual sense, because you don't send a message to living people by burying the evidence.