First evidence of human warfare

Megan Lynn Mullins, Feature writer

Archeologists have been digging up the remains of what appears to be the earliest evidences of human warfare. Scientist and archeologist say that they have found 10,000 remains of 27 nomadic people who met gruesome deaths. The 27 Men women and children were stabbed and clubbed to death in a single event. BBC news source Marta Mirazon Lahr, who led the Nataruk study, said the “massacre may have resulted from an attempt to seize resources… whose value was similar to those of later food-producing agricultural societies, among whom violent attacks on settlements became part of life”.
The area where the remains were found was once a fertile lake shore whose resources were very abundant and desirable. BBC news source Marta Mirazon said “Nataruk was an important place because it was at the edge of a super lake beach which would have attracted all land animals to drink, as well as giving access to fishing grounds, while other parts of the shore of Lake Turkana (the forested Kerio Delta, for example, or the rocky whole southern edge) would not have that.” This is the first ever recording of nomads using warfare to fight for resources. They could have just simply moved away as they were used to doing but instead stayed to fight for the resources they needed in order for the opportunity to settle down and this shows a great development in mankind.

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