Scientists glean clues to a lethal prehistoric raid from skeletons excavated at a German site
Thirteen people who perished around 4,600 years ago still have something to say about life and death in prehistoric Europe.
Analyses of their skeletal remains, found in 2005 in four large graves at a German Neolithic-era site called Eulau, provide a rare opportunity to reconstruct a lethal encounter from Europe’s Corded Ware culture, say anthropologist Christian Meyer of the University of Mainz in Germany and his colleagues. Between about 4,800 and 4,000 years ago, Corded Ware farmers and cattle-raisers spread across central and eastern Europe.
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