First war among humans may trace to massacre site in Lake Turkana, Kenya (VIDEO)

Human Fossils Show a Massacre, and Perhaps War, Among Early Hunter-Gatherers (Video)

Human Fossils Show a Massacre, and Perhaps War, Among Early Hunter-Gatherers (Video)

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Feb. 1 2016 9:18 AM

When Did Human Warfare Begin?

A site in Kenya, uncovered after 10,000 years, points to a massacre among early hunter-gatherers.

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Cambridge University.

A team of Cambridge scientists has uncovered evidence of an ancient massacre 10,000 years ago near Lake Turkana,  Kenya. Reported in Nature, the find is making news because—as the team explains in the video up above—nomadic hunter-gatherer societies aren't usually associated with such violence. Researchers said their study offers “unique evidence that warfare was part of the repertoire” of early hunter-gatherers, a controversial assertion in the disputed history of human war.

Of the 27 bodies found by the team, 12 were roughly intact, and 10 showed clear evidence of violent deaths.” The researchers wrote that four of the victims even appeared to have had their hands bound, including a pregnant woman.