Balkan Cemetery Studies Reveal High Prehistoric Mortality Rate

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Picture shows detail from tomb 14 with a necklace of bronze pendants (8th-7th century BC), undated. The discovery has been made at the Kopilo site in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (ÖAW- ÖAI, M. Gavranovic/Newsflash)

A necropolis found in Bosnia and Herzegovina has revealed a high mortality rate in the prehistoric period after archaeologists discovered 46 graves and 53 individuals from the Bronze and Iron…

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Prehistoric Bronze Age Daggers Were Not Used As Weapons, Research Finds

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Prehistoric Bronze Age daggers weren't used as weapons but mainly as tools for skinning animal carcasses, reveals new research.The knives, made from copper alloy, were widespread in Europe including Britain and Ireland, appearing around 5,000 years ago. See SWNS story SWNNdaggers. As most of these daggers have been recovered as burial goods in warrior graves it was thought they had a ceremonial purpose to show the status of the deceased. But Newcastle University scientists developed a new technique to study organic material on the blades. They discovered lots of traces of bone and sinew of animals and when they made reproductions of them found that skinning animals was their best use. Archaeologists have long debated what these objects were used for, with some saying they were primarily ceremonial objects used in prehistoric funerals and others suggested that they may have been used as weapons or tools for crafts.

Prehistoric Bronze Age daggers were mainly used as tools for skinning animal carcasses rather than as weapons, reveals new research. The knives, made from copper alloy, were widespread in Europe…

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Discovery Of Child Burials Reveals Poverty Of Aztec Empire Survivors

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Detail of skull pathology, found at 95 Argentina Street in the Lagunilla neighbourhood in Mexico City, Mexico.. (Juan Carlos Campos Varela, INAH/Newsflash)

The discovery of the graves of four pre-Hispanic children has given an insight into the difficult living conditions that followed the fall of the Aztec Empire. Named after the property…

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Scientists Solve Mystery Of Warlike Ancient Tribe

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A grave at the Derecske-Bikas-dulo site from the Deri Museum located in the Hungarian city of Debrecen. (Szilvia Dobrontey-David/Newsflash)

Scientists have solved a 1,400-year-old mystery concerning the genetic background of the Avar civilisation by evaluating DNA samples of over 60 individuals discovered in elite graves. Researchers who analysed the…

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Turkish Treasure Hunters Busted While Digging For Loot In Cemetery

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Prof Mevlut Gullu, (pictured) one of the four people who made unauthorized excavations to find treasure in an old cemetery in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey, was taken into custody. (Newsflash)

A Turkish professor has been caught raiding a local cemetery with three accomplices in search of treasure they believed was buried there. The incident took place at the cemetery in…

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Cops Remove 30 Bags Of Human Remains From Clandestine Graves On Vacant Plots

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One of the lots where the Prosecutor's Office Specialized in the Search for Disappeared Persons found bodies, in January, 2022 in Tonala, Mexico. (Newsflash)

The Mexican authorities have removed 30 bags of human remains from clandestine graves in two vacant plots of land. The human remains were found on two vacant plots of around…

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Archaeologists Discover Decapitated Horse Next To Its Rider In Elite Merovingian Warrior Cemetery

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Knittlingen, 'Im Bergfeld', burial of a decapitated horse. (State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in the Stuttgart Regional Council, F. Damminger/Newsflash)

A team of archaeologists has discovered a decapitated horse next to its rider, as well as a trove of jewellery and weapons, in a cemetery where elite Merovingian nobles and…

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Archaeologists Unearth 8 Tombs Dating Back 6,500 Years At Huge Swiss Necropolis

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Tomb T5 with skull fragments in Chemin de Verney, Pully. (Kanton Waadt/Newsflash)

Archaeologists have unearthed eight prehistoric tombs between 5,500 and 6,500 years old in the heart of a Swiss town but not before construction work had severely damaged three of them.…

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Ornate Ivory Comb And African Bowl Among Objects Found In 6th Century Graves For First Time In North Of Alps

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Finds in Deiningen, front of the restored comb from 6th century.

Archaeologists have found valuable objects including an ornate ivory comb with stunning carvings and a bowl from Africa in two sixth-century graves in northern Swabia - the first such find…

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13th Century Christian Crusaders Who Died Of Brutal Injuries Found Buried In Mass Graves In Lebanon

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Crusader mass graves from a 13th-century attack on the port city of Sidon were discovered in Lebanon - picture shows burial 110, showing how the rectangular grave has truncated one of the earlier Iron Age stone post pads.

The skeletons of 25 soldiers from the 13th-century Crusades have been found in two mass graves with their bones showing marks of numerous brutal injuries inflicted by swords, arrows and…

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