Let’s face it, history was gruesome. The barbarity of the human race is substantial but we’ve come a long way.
For most countries around the world, things that were once socially acceptable, like public executions, are more or less a thing of the past. Archaeologists have uncovered just how brutal the human race actually was. Aren’t you glad you weren’t born 3,000 years ago?
Babies In The Bathhouse
Researchers in Israel dig through an ancient bathhouse and what they found in the drainage system is horrific. Located in the pipes were hundreds of human bones. They weren’t adult bones either; they were infant bones. The reason as to why the bones were there remains a mystery.
Neanderthal Cannibal Attack
Spain, 2010 — archaeologists discover the remains used as a feast for cannibals. It appears that three adult females, three adult males, three teenagers, two young children and an infant showed signs that they were the meal for another group of cannibalistic neanderthals.
The Headless Vikings of Dorset
It was a regular day for railroad workers in Dorset, England until they happened to stumble upon some bones. Apparently the bones belonged to fighting-age Scandinavian men all placed together and missing their heads. Experts concluded that the men were probably executed for defection.
The Claw of the Mount Owen Moa
This is a well preserved limb found in 1986 on an expedition into the cave of Mount Owen in New Zealand. The foot belongs to a prehistoric bird species called the Upland Moa and looks rather terrifying (queue the X-Files theme song). The bird vanished around 1500 AD.
Spike To The Skull
While archaeologists had been digging in a lake bed in Motala, Sweden they weren’t expecting to find multiple skulls that had spikes driven through them. The archaeologists also discovered other skull pieces within the skulls. The gruesome event most likely took place 8,000 years ago.
The Grauballe Man
The Grauballe Man is a bog body that was uncovered in 1952 from a peat bog near the village of Grauballe in Jutland, Denmark. The body is that of a man dating from the late 3rd century BC, during the early Germanic Iron Age. This bog body has large slash on his neck that suggests his death was the result of a sacrifice scientists think.
Venetian Vampire Vs. Brick
This method of vampire prevention wasn’t so strange hundreds of years ago. The brick and cement placed in this person’s mouth was believed to prevent its ability to rise from the dead and bite the living.
The Oldest Leper
Lepers have never really gotten much slack throughout history, despite the disease not being very contagious. But the first known instance of its stigma comes in the form of a skeleton from about 4,000 years ago. The Indian man’s body is largely intact, despite a Hindu tradition calling for cremation. Scientists think he was an outcast and was not give the same sort of burial rights.
Burned Alaskan Child
During an excavation of a home estimated to be about 11,500 years old, researchers discovered a horrific sight. Inside the ancient hearth was the charred remains a 3-year-old child. It appeared that the home was abandoned after the cremation.
Chemical Warfare In Ancient Syria
About 2,000 years ago, a group of 20 or so ancient Roman soldiers were subject to a particularly gruesome demise. While attacking the Syrian town of Dura, Persian soldiers began to dig tunnels in order to get past the Roman defenses.
The Romans thought it was smart to dig their own tunnels to try and intercept the intrusive Persians. In response to this the Persians left a petrochemical concoction that would have turned the Romans’ lungs to acid.
Terra Cotta Army
The Terracotta army was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, to protect the emperor in the afterlife. The three pits that archaeologists dug up included 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses.
You probably know that the Aztecs hosted numerous sacrificial festivals, but in 2004 a grisly discovery was made outside of modern day Mexico City. Numerous dec*pitated and mutil*ted bodies of both humans and animals shed light on just how horrific the rituals were.