Near Jerusalem found the remains of the victims of a blood feud thousands of years ago

Professor Boaz Zissou, Dr. Yossi Nagar and Dr. Haim Cohen found in the cave a skullNear Jerusalem found the remains of the victims of a blood feud thousands of years agoSubscribe to a daily e-mail of RIA Science

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Israeli archaeologists found in a cave near Jerusalem, the remains of a man who they believe was the victim of a blood feud thousands of years ago, said the antiquities Department of the country.

The skull and a fragment of a hand that belonged to a man of 25-40 years, scientists call the earliest known material evidence of the existence of such a custom.

«On the skull showed two healed traumatic injury, evidence of the violence faced late… and trace of a sword blow, which caused the immediate death,» describe the finding of researchers from the antiquities authority, Bar Ilan and tel Aviv universities.

Morphological analysis of the remains suggests the likeness of the deceased with representatives of the local Bedouin tribes, among whom existed the custom of blood vengeance, scientists say.

«This is the text of the beginning of XX century with the story of how the verification of the vow of the killer is presented to the family of the skull and right hand of the victim. These body parts were found in the latter case,» the researchers say.

«Because people have died from a fatal blow before this was not a stranger to violence, we can talk about that in front of us the earliest evidence of blood revenge», they explain.

© Photo : Bar-Ilan University / Boaz ZissuПещера near Jerusalem, where they found the skull of a man murdered a thousand years agoNear Jerusalem found the remains of the victims of a blood feud thousands of years ago© Photo : Bar-Ilan University / Boaz ZissuПещера near Jerusalem, where they found the skull of a man murdered a thousand years ago

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