A sample: Original photograph of the triple-inhumation regarding the three male soldiers (Brandenburg, Germany), is dated to the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648).
Credit: Seifert et al.

Black Death pathogens survived for more than four centuries in Europe

Black Death, mid-fourteenth century plague, is undoubtedly the most famous historical pandemic. Within only five years it killed 30-50% of the European population. Unfortunately it didn’t stop there. Plague resurged throughout Europe leading to continued high mortality and social unrest over the next three centuries. With its nearly worldwide distribution today, it’s surprising that the…

Left: Skull of a man found lying prone in the lagoons sediments. The skull has multiple lesions consistent with wounds from a blunt implement. Right: The skull in situ.
Credit: Marta Mirazón Lahr

Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

The fossilised bones of a group of prehistoric hunter-gatherers who were massacred around 10,000 years ago have been unearthed 30km west of Lake Turkana, Kenya, at a place called Nataruk. Researchers from Cambridge University’s Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies found the partial remains of 27 individuals, including at least eight women and six children.…