© 2015 Phys.org At the bottom of the 2 meter deep pit, the researchers report, were the scattered pieces and bits of hand bones, along with seven human arms, all from the left side of the body. On top of those were piled the full skeletal remains of one woman, two men and four children. Just one of the skeletons had an arm missing—one of the males, but it was not yet known if one of the arms underneath was his. The condition of the skeletons, the team suggests, indicates that the bones once belonged to people who were killed in some type of warfare—there was damage that appeared inflicted by axes or other such implements. Testing of the bones indicated they were all from a period between 5,500 and 6,500 years ago, putting them in the Neolithic period. A layer of sediment was on top of the skeletons and on top of that was the skeleton of another woman, whose body had clearly been put there long after the bones underneath.The team notes that there was also a piece of jewelry among the skeletons, an arrowhead, a pig jaw bone and the skeletons of two hares, which the group notes, might have simply fallen in the pit and died because they could not jump out. General view of pit 157 (a); and plan of the complete or almost complete bodies (b). Credit: Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180 Citation: Skeletons found in pit in France offer evidence of Neolithic warfare (2015, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-skeletons-pit-france-evidence-neolithic.html Such pits were not unusual for the time the researchers point out, what is new is that the bones appear to have belonged to victims of warfare and that there was a collection of severed arms. The researchers suggest the severed arms might have been part of a trophy collection, though they note that it would represent the first evidence of such a practice for the people of that time period. Taken together, the evidence rules out the placement of the arm bones and skeletal remains as part of a funerary process, they add. More information: Fanny Chenal et al. A farewell to arms: a deposit of human limbs and bodies at Bergheim, France, c. 4000 BC, Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180AbstractBetween c. 4500 and 3500 BC, the deposition of human remains within circular pits was widespread throughout Central and Western Europe. Attempts at forming explanatory models for this practice have proven difficult due to the highly variable nature of these deposits. Recent excavations at Bergheim in Alsace have revealed a particularly unusual variant of this phenomenon featuring a number of amputated upper limbs. The evidence from this site challenges the simplicity of existing interpretations, and demands a more critical focus on the archaeological evidence for acts of systematic violence during this period. Examples of chop marks on left humeral shafts (scale-bar = 10mm; black bar = 5mm). Credit: Antiquity (2015). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.180 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from several institutions in France, studying 6000 year-old skeletal remains found in a pit in eastern France is reporting that the remains included a bottom layer of just arm bones and a top layer consisting of the full skeletons of several adults and children. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the researchers describe the arrangement of the bones and their condition and offer some ideas regarding how the bones likely came to be in the pit. Explore further New research effort claims King Phillip II buried in Tomb I not Tomb II Journal information: Antiquity
Kolkata: A woman was found hanging in semi-naked state inside a room of her rented house at Bijoygarh in Jadavpur on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Sonali Burman (30). She used to live in the house with a youth identified as Avik Bose.According to sources, Bose and Burman had rented a portion of a house in Bijoygarh. They had introduced themselves as a married couple. According to the landlord Shibu Biswas, the couple had rented the house in December last year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA contract for 11 months was made. Since the couple had started living in the house there were no problems. Biswas said around 1 am, on Wednesday night, Bose had called his wife as she used to deal with the house rent and told her that Burman was suffering from breathlessness. She needed urgent medication and thus Bose requested the landlord’s wife to intervene and take his wife to the hospital. When Biswas came to know he went downstairs and knocked on the door. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs the door was locked, he called one of his neighbours and together they broke the door. The door of the bedroom was unlocked. As soon as they entered the bedroom, they saw Burman was hanging from ceiling fan. Biswas immediately called Bose and informed him about the situation. “Despite I told him what has happened, Bose said he was in the middle of a video call. There was something suspicious about his words,” said Biswas. Later, Jadavpur police station was informed. The police brought Burman down and rushed her to M R Bangur Hospital where doctor declared her brought dead. During preliminary investigation, cops came to know that Burman and Bose were living together but were not married. Burman had her birthday on Wednesday. But, Bose was in Digha for some reasons. Till late night both of them were on a video call. But, why she committed suicide is still unknown. The police are trying to contact Bose to know about the interaction that took place between them on Wednesday night.