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In Prehistoric Britain Cannibalism Was Practical and Ritualistic
Scientific American Blogs ^ | 9-24-2012 | Kate Wong

Posted on 09/25/2012 6:50:46 AM PDT by Renfield

BORDEAUX—Mealtime in Gough’s cave in Somerset, England, 14,700 years ago, was not for the faint of heart. Humans were on the menu, for consumption by their own kind. Anthropologists have long studied evidence for cannibalism in the human fossil record, but establishing that it occurred and ascertaining why people ate each other have proved difficult tasks. A new analysis provides fresh insights into the human defleshing that occurred at this site and what motivated it—and hints that cannibalism may have been more common in prehistory than previously thought....

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.scientificamerican.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: anthropology; britain; cannibalism; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 09/25/2012 6:50:53 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 09/25/2012 6:51:31 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I guess they ate a lot of fava beans, too.....................


3 posted on 09/25/2012 6:53:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Renfield
DONNER! Party of Four!


4 posted on 09/25/2012 6:55:44 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Ambassador Stevens is dead and the Chevy Volt is alive!)
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To: Renfield

Never been fond of English food.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 6:57:15 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Renfield

After seeing the riots in England lasy year,It will be making a comeback!


6 posted on 09/25/2012 6:57:52 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Renfield
I'm an inexperienced cannibal.
7 posted on 09/25/2012 7:00:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Gingers have no souls.)
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To: Renfield

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFDgSKbapzY

Dear Sir,

I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Argylls ate in Aden. Arabs?

Yours etc.

Captain B.J. Smethwick in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.


8 posted on 09/25/2012 7:07:19 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Renfield

We will return to cannibalism. And not necessarily because of a shortage of food.

We value human life less each day.


9 posted on 09/25/2012 7:07:29 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Renfield

10 posted on 09/25/2012 7:07:56 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: Renfield

They didn’t call him “Cheddar Man” for nothing.

Hmmmmmmm....cheddar.


11 posted on 09/25/2012 7:20:12 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Renfield

Dear Sir,

I am glad to hear that your studio audience disapproves of the last skit as strongly as I. As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism.

It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area. And what do you think the Argylls ate in Aden. Arabs?

Yours etc. Captain B.J. Smethwick in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.”[1]


12 posted on 09/25/2012 7:21:39 AM PDT by DManA
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To: dfwgator

Opps, sorry for the dup.


13 posted on 09/25/2012 7:22:53 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

“Well, I do feel a bit peckish.”


14 posted on 09/25/2012 7:23:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Red Badger
I guess they ate a lot of fava beans, too.....................

And bath salts?
15 posted on 09/25/2012 7:25:08 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Michael.SF.

My first LOL of the day...thank yew, thank yew very much.


16 posted on 09/25/2012 7:27:30 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Renderofveils

Mushrooms, psylly.......


17 posted on 09/25/2012 7:29:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: dfwgator
“Well, I do feel a bit peckish.”

...and I can outrun Nigel...hmmm...

18 posted on 09/25/2012 7:30:39 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: dfwgator

Oh, did you like her?


19 posted on 09/25/2012 7:33:16 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

"Stop it! Stop it! Stop this cannibalism....let's have a thread about nice clean decent human beings."

20 posted on 09/25/2012 7:37:32 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Renfield

The liberals believe that our planet can only support 30 million people, so many of us are going to have to die. Why let all that meat go to waste? My God, the liberals are trying to show that anything is fine if it supports their plans.
“Yes they were eating people, but only as the second course.”
One of the big problems with liberals is their inability to see how their plans could affect them personally. What if we decided you should die to reach that 30 million goal? What if we decided to kill and eat you because you are weaker and tastier?
“That would never happen because I’m smarter and everyone would see how important I am.”
Just like the Khmer Rouge. They thought a lot of those Cambodian intellectuals when they were putting plastic bags over their heads.


21 posted on 09/25/2012 7:45:12 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: dfwgator

If this continues I could see the audience turning into a mob and storming the Freeper servers.


22 posted on 09/25/2012 7:54:07 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Until we find out Her Majesty, the Queen, is reading this thread.


23 posted on 09/25/2012 7:55:16 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Slyfox

Dude.


25 posted on 09/25/2012 8:09:00 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Renfield

Also found in the cave were bath salts residues...


26 posted on 09/25/2012 8:12:21 AM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: dfwgator
let's have a thread about nice clean decent human beings."

Why does that leave out cannibalism? After all they clean their food before they eat it and I understand it actually tastes fairly decent.

27 posted on 09/25/2012 8:19:09 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Ambassador Stevens is dead and the Chevy Volt is alive!)
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To: Renfield

Not in just prehistoric Britain. In Scotland there was also the notorious Christie-Cleek, of the 14th century, and the much better known Sawney Beane and family, of the 15th- or 16th-century.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christie-Cleek

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Beane


28 posted on 09/25/2012 8:23:57 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: lurk
We will return to cannibalism. And not necessarily because of a shortage of food. We value human life less each day.

If TSHTF, I plan on posting the following sign in my suburban community:

"Looters will be used for dog food"

29 posted on 09/25/2012 8:39:46 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: Renfield
This makes a nice little Halloween novelty for a party. Using an atomizer, spray some light colored WASA crackers with diluted green food coloring, let dry, and you have "Soylent Green". (I first tried it with RyKrisp, but the color was too dark.)

I also discovered a trick when making pickled beets, I put in some hard boiled eggs, which normally turn a uniform dark red and are delicious. But this time, one of them I put in "tea egg style", somewhat cracking the shell but leaving it on.

Imagine eggs that looked like this, but with red, instead of brown, 'veins':


30 posted on 09/25/2012 8:42:06 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m going
to be sick - ;o)


31 posted on 09/25/2012 8:55:10 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Is that balut eggs?


32 posted on 09/25/2012 9:04:20 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Michael.SF.

Alfred Packer was not associated with the Donner Party. He took his meals in Southern Colorado.


33 posted on 09/25/2012 9:20:15 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Renfield

Nothing wrong with a meal of LONG PIG.


34 posted on 09/25/2012 9:23:50 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Renfield
Yummy!


35 posted on 09/25/2012 9:33:40 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Well, I can see that one went way over your head.

;)

36 posted on 09/25/2012 10:45:43 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Ambassador Stevens is dead and the Chevy Volt is alive!)
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To: Michael.SF.

I got the joke. ;-)


37 posted on 09/25/2012 11:09:09 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Renfield

So what you’re saying is that their food has always been horrible.


38 posted on 09/25/2012 11:20:21 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: maine-iac7; AmericanSamurai

Actually, tea eggs are ordinary hard boiled chicken eggs, quite tasty if made properly, with soy sauce, black tea, star anise, cinnamon, salt, with peppercorns and mandarin orange peel optional. Some use a little five spice powder for a similar taste.

The interesting appearance gives them an “Martian” look.

However, pickled beets are, in my opinion, much yummier, and I grew up thinking beets tasted great. They are pickled with onion, pickling spice, sea salt, sugar, black pepper, and bay leaf, covered by a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar and water. Then they need to steep, refrigerated, a couple of weeks, along with peeled hard boiled chicken eggs.

It seems something of a waste to just put cracked shell hard boiled eggs in there for just a couple of days to get the red veined look, but it would make an interesting display at a Halloween party. And it would be fun to see if you could tease someone into eating them. Otherwise, fully steeped pickled eggs, when sliced, make great decor around a salad and go well with most any salad dressing.


39 posted on 09/25/2012 11:38:50 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Renfield

I thought English food was just awful and hence why they have bad teeth.

Well at least Kate Middleton is easy on the eyes. :P


40 posted on 09/25/2012 11:50:08 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Michael.SF.; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
DONNER! Party of Four!

DONNER! Party of Three!
DONNER! Party of Three!

41 posted on 09/25/2012 3:14:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Michael.SF.; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
DONNER! Party of Four!

DONNER! Party of Two!
DONNER! Party of Two!

42 posted on 09/25/2012 3:15:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: frithguild; Daffynition

43 posted on 09/25/2012 3:16:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


44 posted on 09/26/2012 7:18:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield

I am always leery of these stories which can decide why people did something. Seems like they are making it up.


45 posted on 09/26/2012 10:18:40 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv

Some years ago I read a book by a European anthropologist that created quite a stir because of its theory on the effects of cannibalism on evolution.

The thesis of the book was that the human-to-be species were—or became—cannibalistic. The eating of the brain tissues somehow related to the release and assimilation of ‘smart’ ‘vitamins’ or ‘calories’ or produced extra brain gene material-—and that’s why humans got smarter than apes or chimpanzees or giant sloths for example.

(I forget what he called the process so that proves I’m not a cannibal???).

Over millenniums that accretion of whatever the brain tissue gave to the diet accounted for the evolution of Man into a more sentient species than the rest, able to visualize and build tools and otherwise outwit their competition.

He had lots of diagrams and notes in the book to make his case.

I know, I know, it’s a wild theory, but something has to account for the quantum jump in IQ in the evolution of one species to the top of the evolutionary ladder.

Personally, I believe we are ‘cattle’ being raised on this planet for the amusement of little green aliens until we are ready for harvesting.


46 posted on 09/27/2012 7:11:16 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk oMnly to me.)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv
What's for dinner?

Neanderthal.

Oh, Mom, we had Neanderthal last night!

47 posted on 09/27/2012 11:08:15 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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