Stone Age Skull Smashers

This article summarizes a discovery that was recently made in Syria of a cluster of Stone Age skulls with smashed-in faces. There are a few intriguing aspects to this discovery. For one, the skeletons were dug up several years following the burial, then separated from the skulls, and finally reburied. The smashed faces are a new phenomena that further perpetuate the discussion on how these societies related to their dead. These skulls are about 10,000 years old, and they were indeed homo sapiens. This finding certainly relates to some of the material we covered in this class. From an anthropological standpoint, it would be interesting to make inferences based on this finding in regards to the culture of the time. Did they have some sort of system of capital punishment?

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