Archaeologists have discovered the site of a deadly massacre in which 27 people were killed by primitive weapons. The researchers date the site at some 10,000 years ago and say the people were hunter-gatherers. This upsets the theory that warfare and organized violence appeared only when early humans settled down into permanent settlements.
This also upsets the perhaps related theory of the “noble savage” of Jacques Rousseau, according to which primitive people in “the state of nature” live lives of peace and virtue, with violence and other evils coming only as a result of “civilization.” Apparently, human beings have been fallen and sinful as far back as we can see. [Read more...]