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Neolithic men were prepared to fight for their women

Neolithic age men fought over women too, according to a study that provides the most ancient evidence of the lengths men will go to in the hunt for partners.

Many archaeologists have argued that women have long motivated cycles of violence and blood feuds throughout history but there has really been no solid archaeological evidence to support this view.

Now a relatively new method has been used to work out the origins of the victims tossed into a mass grave of skeletons, and so distinguish one tribe from another, revealing that neighbouring tribes were prepared to kill their male rivals to secure their women some 7000 years ago.

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goffik Posted by goffik
15th June 2010ce

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Forced myself to watch the programme on the York gladiator graves last night (horrible stuff!) but one thing that was mentioned was that there seemed to be a larger number of beheadings of the gladiators who had been defeated - perhaps suggesting a pre-Roman 'tradition' here. Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
15th June 2010ce
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