Tomb tells of tough times for ancient warrior
Battling nomads earned you buckets of trouble around 2,500 B.C., reports an international archeology team. Scars too.
The study team reports on two Bronze Age burials in a tomb from the ancient trade town of Terqa, a Mesopatamian archeological site in modern-day Syria.
The twin-domed tomb was about 16 feet long, 12 feet wide and six feet high, note the authors. Examination of the skeletons showed one belonged to a woman and one belonged to a man. A tough man.
But other skeletons from this period don't show such serious wounds, he adds, which leads to the conclusion that this person might been a notable warrior in the local community.
The researchers attempted to study the DNA of both skeletons, taken from tooth samples. But they only succeeded with the maternal DNA of the man, finding he belonged to the "K" grouping of such genes, a family traced to the Near East from about 14,000 years ago and South Asia even further back, about 53,000 years ago....
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