Violence in prehistory was worse than in World War II

Using an archaeological database of human burials of remains of thousands of inhabitants of Central California dating back more than 1,000 years ago, it is suggested that the rates of violent deaths in the prehistoric population of California exceed those of World War II.

This, in the opinion of the principal investigator of this study, Mark W. Allen, anthropologist at California State Polytechnic University, reveals a high level of conflict over the scarce resources available.

Ancestral violence

California had the highest population density in all of North America, with many small groups living nearby, and with a shortage of resources that led to the confrontation, as noted Allen:

When people are stressed and worried about protecting the group, they are willing to be aggressive. Violence is about resources for the group.

7% of the population at that time had evidence of forced trauma, whether they were shot by an arrow, stabbed or beaten, above wars as bloody as World War II.
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