View Full Version : c: Inter-group violence among early Holocene hunter-gatherers of West Turkana, Kenya

01-20-2016, 09:17 PM
Hoping to see aDNA from the remains.


"The nature of inter-group relations among prehistoric hunter-gatherers remains disputed, with arguments in favour and against the existence of warfare before the development of sedentary societies1,*2. Here we report on a case of inter-group violence towards a group of hunter-gatherers from Nataruk, west of Lake Turkana, which during the late Pleistocene/early Holocene period extended about 30?km beyond its present-day shore3. Ten of the twelve articulated skeletons found at Nataruk show evidence of having died violently at the edge of a lagoon, into which some of the bodies fell. The remains from Nataruk are unique, preserved by the particular conditions of the lagoon with no evidence of deliberate burial. They offer a rare glimpse into the life and death of past foraging people, and evidence that warfare was part of the repertoire of inter-group relations among prehistoric hunter-gatherers."

01-20-2016, 10:40 PM
Video about findings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbCE52HTBuk

The bones will be studied for aDNA: http://www.human-evol.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-nerc-human-evolution-studentships.pdf