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From Stone Darts to Dismembered Bodies, New Study Reveals 5,000 Years of Violence in Central California

Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, archaeology, discovery )

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From shooting their enemies with darts and arrows to crushing their skulls and even harvesting body parts as trophies, the ancient foragers of central California engaged in sporadic, and sometimes severe, violence, according to a new archaeological study

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Mike H (252)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:19 pm
They're humans. No surprises here.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 7:18 pm
So maybe it's in our genes??

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 1:28 pm
Good article ... thanks.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 1:29 pm

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 6:39 pm
Very interesting. Thank you.

Barbara T (431)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 11:08 pm
'But violence was always present, despite what Jones sees as a tendency by modern historians and anthropologists to overlook native conflict.
“It seems that everyone wants to envision some Eden-like period in the past when there was less violence,” he said.
“Violence is an uncomfortable topic, especially for some Native American descendants. Certain naive environmentalists also seem to want to cling to the notion of prehistories free of any social or ecological ills.

“But archaeologists have an obligation to report what the record reveals."'

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 6:15 am
So before the european raiders came to use genocide on the native americans they were busy killing each other off nice.

Marty P (151)
Thursday May 1, 2014, 4:31 pm
I have worked on several central valley sites where the violence was very evident. the smurf version of history is crap, imho.people prey on on each other regardless of skin color.
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