Topic ID #37558 - posted 10/30/2016 8:23 AM

Ancient burials suggest a history of blood feuds, brutality and revenge



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There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what they are today. Bodies of the deceased were buried respectfully, while families and mourners followed certain customs to honor lives lost.

At least, most of the time.

In some cases, however, the dead received far less reverential treatment. Instead, bodies were tossed haphazardly, headfirst, into their eternal resting place, sometimes sustaining post-mortem injuries on top of an often already violent death.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-burials-blood-feuds.html#jCp
Skeletons can tell stories.

In the Sonoran Desert, a body laid gently on its side, its arms crossed, its knees bent toward its chest, tells the story of someone who was loved and respected, whose community mourned her once she was gone.

But James Watson is interested in bones that suggest a different narrative. The University of Arizona bioarchaeologist studies “atypical” burials — bodies tossed haphazardly into graves headfirst, their bones broken, their limbs splayed.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/ancient-burials-suggest-a-history-of-blood-feuds-brutality-and-revenge

There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what they are today. Bodies of the deceased were buried respectfully, while families and mourners followed certain customs to honor lives lost.

At least, most of the time.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-burials-blood-feuds.html#jCp

There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what they are today. Bodies of the deceased were buried respectfully, while families and mourners followed certain customs to honor lives lost.

At least, most of the time.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ancient-burials-blood-feuds.html#jCp





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