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  1. Daily Dose of Archaeology 4.0 - Page 104 - Historum - History Forums

    […] Mass Grave of ?Prodigal Sons? in California Poses Prehistoric Mystery | Western Digs Quote: […]

  2. RayM
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    The first assumptions that they were foreign invaders or men defending the sight were incorrect! Makes you wonder how good most assumptions are? It seems archeology and anthropology are full of them.

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    1. JWE
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      RAYM got it exactly right, except s/he sees this as a negative. This is how science works! We have “assumptions,” although we call them “hypotheses.” We test them with data. Sometimes data support hypotheses, but often they don’t. This is how knowledge and understanding grows, and how we learn about the world.

      What’s the alternative? We just know something, and we never try to test it. That’s called religion.

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  3. Anthropology and Science News 10/21/13 [Links] | Strange Remains

    […] via Wester Digs the shows the positions of three 15th-century men found in a mass grave in central […]

  4. SierraRose
    SierraRose at |

    I’m curious as to why only three of the four sets of remains in the grave were excavated? What happened to the fourth?

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    1. BG Davis
      BG Davis at |

      Good question. You’re still waiting for the answer, and now I will do so, too.

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  5. Jerry
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    There is a married couple here in Wyoming that have combined the vocations of archaeology and fictional writing. Their names are Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear. They are both archaeologists and when they go on digs, they write fictional books on some of the objects they find and how they got there. Thinkin they could come up with one heck of a story line on these three.

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  6. 10 Ancient Murder Mysteries We’ll Never Solve | DB-Optimum.Com

    […] a inundate pain of Sacramento River. They had died about 1,500 years ago, and all showed signs of extreme earthy trauma. One plant had 7 arrows embedded in his ribs. Obsidian blades were still lodged in a spines of a […]

  7. 10 Ancient Murder Mysteries We’ll Never Solve | Acquaintanceship.tk

    […] a inundate pain of Sacramento River. They had died about 1,500 years ago, and all showed signs of extreme earthy trauma. One plant had 7 arrows embedded in his ribs. Obsidian blades were still lodged in a spines of a […]

  8. BG Davis
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    ” according to radiocarbon dates, they died around the year 1450, after they had returned to the territory of their childhood and were killed.”
    The article fails to mention the basis for assuming that they were killed after returning home. Numerous possible scenarios exist for other circumstances: being rescued from enemies after being mortally wounded; coming home and subsequently dying in a defense of their childhood home, etc.
    Not saying that the article is wrong, but there is no clear reason presented for the assumption that they came home and were then killed by their former neighbors, as it were.

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