The Mystery of Roopkund Lake

Archaeology can be complicated. Sometimes you get beautifully stratified layers of remains making it easy to determine exactly what happened and when. And then sometimes you get a situation like that at Roopkund lake. By lake standards Roopkund is small, only around 40m across and it is buried high in the Himalayan mountains, more than... Continue Reading →

9,000 Year Old Ritual Decapitation

Occasionally in the life of some archaeologists there must come moments when they feel like they are excavating the aftermath of a particularly gruesome horror movie. The recent discovery of a severed head and hands from east-central Brazil is a case in point. The research was performed by an international team, led by researchers from... Continue Reading →

Mass Conflict in the Neolithic

The subject of conflict between early human settlements is naturally controversial. We know from historical experience that no human culture has been immune from violence, either as perpetrators or victims, so it seems more then plausible that our ancestors were no different. However, actual physical evidence of conflict is rarely preserved. Earlier this month (August... Continue Reading →

Oldest Murder Victim Discovered?

Violence seems to be nothing new to humanity but evidence of a 430,000 years old murder is quite unusual. A paper published earlier this month (May 2015) has announced the discovery of a prehistoric murder victim from the Sima de los Huesos site in northern Spain. This site has long been known for its impressive... Continue Reading →

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