March 20, 2011

Violence among early Scotland farmers

Early farmers of Scotland died violently... but then they were buried in a monument, the Tomb of the Eagles (left), at Isbister.

Out of 85 burials in this tomb, 16 have clear evidence of head trauma caused by weapons. Some of these injuries were healed but others not, meaning that they were killed by them (or related violence).

The tomb's age is of c. 3000 BCE, a few centuries after farming began in the area.

Full story at Daily Mail.

Also in Scotland it has been announced the discovery of rock art that could be Neolithic near a recently discovered chambered tomb (dolmen) at South Ronaldsay, Orkney, reports Orknejar.

Original source: Stone Pages Archaeonews bulletin.

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