Now this arm pit isn't the kind that belongs to the guy on the bus that you wish wasn't sitting next to you. Instead it's another example of how men can come up with some strange ways of putting the hurt on their fellow men.
A Pit Of Amputated Arms
Photo credit: phys.org
A team working in France found a horrible glimpse into our past: seven severed arms that had been brutally hacked off and thrown into the bottom of a pit 6,000 years ago.
The people whose limbs were buried there, the archaeologists believe, were farmers—although one was torn off the body of a child. After their arms were thrown into the pit, dozens of full bodies were piled on top of them. Their arms were still intact, but their skulls had caved in.
It’s not clear exactly what happened to these people. The only thing we know for sure is that a horrible massacre happened here. Only losing an arm, the researchers believed, may have been a mark of social status—a more merciful penalty for living with a tribe that was to be wiped out.
The rest is unclear. We don’t know who killed them or why their arms were removed. This pit, though, along with others like it, supports the idea that life in 4000 BC was often brutal and violent.
I'm sure glad that I didn't live back then, that's for sure! Whatever these poor farmers did, it must have pissed someone off big time!
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