Friday, August 31, 2007

CSI: Tell Majnuna

Burial clue to early urban strife
Archaeologists working in Syria have unearthed the remains of dozens of youths thought to have been killed in a fierce confrontation 6,000 years ago.

According to Science magazine, the celebrating victors may even have feasted on beef in the aftermath.

The findings come from northeastern Syria, near Tell Brak, one of the world's oldest known cities.

UPDATE: More on the urbanization angle here. I have to think about this one some more.