Skip to comments.Mass Grave of ‘Prodigal Sons’ in California Poses Prehistoric Mystery
Posted on 10/19/2013 6:21:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
New research has turned up some perplexing clues in a prehistoric mystery: the fate of three men found in a mass grave in California, their bodies riddled with arrow points and dumped in a pit some 560 years ago.
Their violent deaths came at a tumultuous time in Central California, archaeologists say, as bands were vying brutally for territory and resources.
Indeed, the archaeological record from the period is rife with evidence of hand-to-hand combat: fractured skulls, broken arms, even body parts taken as trophies.
But the new clues, uncovered by anthropologists at the University of California Davis, dont have anything to do with who killed the men, or why. Instead, theyre shedding light on where the men were from.
And the results -- revealed in the chemistry of the victims teeth and bones -- show that they were something like prodigal sons: born and raised in the same region where they were buried, but having spent most of their adult lives far away.
Unlike the Lost Son of the Biblical parable, however, these men were not feted when they returned. Instead, they were killed...
The victims were first discovered by a farmer in 1964, buried in a mound on a floodplain of the Sacramento River in Yolo County, about 100 kilometers northeast of San Francisco.
Anthropologists called in from Davis found four bodies in the pit and excavated three of them. The men had been interred in mass-grave fashion, without being placed in a traditional, flexed position and without any grave goods.
And all of them had suffered obvious physical trauma: Each had at least three, and in one case as many as seven, loose arrow points still in his rib cage; and in two of the men, obsidian points were still embedded in their spines.
(Excerpt) Read more at westerndigs.org ...
A digitized image shows the positions of three 15th-century men found in a mass grave in central California. (Courtesy Jelmer Eerkens)
***Indeed, the archaeological record from the period is rife with evidence of hand-to-hand combat: fractured skulls, broken arms, even body parts taken as trophies. ***
Bunkum. Everyone knows the pre Colombian period was all paradise on earth! Any lib will tell you that life here was a bed of roses till the evil white man showed up.
***obsidian points were still embedded in their spines.***
Well at least the condors didn’t get poisoned by lead!
This is interesting. Thanks for posting.
My pleasure. These three dead guys probably could have gone for a different outcome though. ;’)
“Their bodies riddled with arrow points”
San Francisco.......a history of men getting the shaft.
Assault bows no doubt.
Don't forget the liberal fairy tale of the "noble" savage, one with the earth and nature...like in Avatar...!
So, it must have been the Amish who don them in.
Just shows the brutality of the European invaders.
These may be early Pelosians, who met an untimely death when they first suggested that “We will just have to pass it to see what’s in it,” while trying to take over leadership of the local tribe. Early politics.
If Obama’s ancestor had three primordial prodigal sons pushed into a 15th century pit grave...
Obamacare through the ages.
“Everyone knows the pre Colombian period was all paradise on earth! Any lib will tell you that life here was a bed of roses till the evil white man showed up.”
libtards want no knowledge of history because it interferes with their skittle-pooping unicorn fantasy of what the world is like.
The “native Americans” were members of primitive tribes. They committed atrocities on each other regularly. It still happens today on the reservations although now it is often fueled by alcohol and drugs and never talked about in the LSM. There never was a “noble savage”.
The European settlers of the time were pretty hard-ass because they had to be. It was survival of the fittest and they also committed atrocities. Now most of their descendants are metrosexuals.
It is what it is.
The 15th Century is “pre-historic”?
OUTLAW Bow and Arrows!!!! lol
Any period before writing arrives in a culture is prehistoric.
I question anyone calling anything north of San Francisco “Central Callifornia”. I could be central east to west, but Central California is generally known as the San Joaquin Valley, far south of Yolo. Sacramento, and environs, is known as “North Valley”.
Otherwise, this is fascinating.
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