6,000-year-old skeletons in French pit came from victims of violence | Science News

CIRCLE OF DEATH A circular pit excavated in France (left) contains the remains of eight people probably killed in a violent attack around 6,000 years ago. Seven severed left arms lay at the bottom of the pit. A diagram of the pit discoveries denotes bones of each individual in different colors.

A gruesome discovery in eastern France casts new light on violent conflicts that took lives — and sometimes just limbs — around 6,000 years ago.Excavations of a 2-meter-deep circular pit in Bergheim revealed seven human skeletons plus a skull section from an infant strewn atop the remains of seven human arms, say anthropologist Fanny Chenal of Antea Archéologie in Habsheim, France, and her colleagues.

Two men, one woman and four children were killed, probably in a…

Source: 6,000-year-old skeletons in French pit came from victims of violence | Science News

Rare Images Of The World War 1 Front Line

Ahmad Ali JetPlane

An undated archive picture shows French soldiers firing a 155 mm mortar from a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France. (REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez) An undated archive picture shows French soldiers firing a 155 mm mortar from a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France. (REUTERS/Collection Odette Carrez)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

Rare black and white images have captured life on the trenches during World War One.

A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during WWI that have never before been published.

The images, by an unknown photographer, shines a light on the daily lives of soldiers in the trenches. 

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