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Violent News Icons. [Dec. 19th, 2007|12:27 am]
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Stephen Colbert interviews Stephen Colbert about his new book. ;) I realize some of you have seen it, but I figured for those of you going through withdrawl due to the writers strike, maybe it'd be fun to revisit.

And a little less light-hearted, and super interesting...


At a Neolithic site located in China's Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, a single tomb was excavated containing a girl's skeleton with 35 wounds. Archaeologists assume that the 7000-year-old girl had been stabbed to death by almost 100 people.
On November 25 the Sanqin City Daily reported that in the winter of 1995, Shaanxi archaeologists unearthed the tomb in Lingkou Village, Lintong District. Later, they recorded their findings and took photos of the burial ground, the skeleton and other remains.
An archaeological report named after the site, "Lingkou Village in Lintong," was recently released by the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. The report revealed that the wounds were scattered around the young girl's body, at her skull, spine, pelvis and limbs. There were a total of 18 murder weapons still stuck inside the skeleton which included eight bone forks, eight bone hairpins for fastening hair, and two bone arrowheads.
A thorough examination of the skeleton revealed that the corpse was a female between the ages of 15 to 17, who was buried between 6,450 and 7,300 years ago.
Archaeologists pointed out that at the early stage of the Neolithic period, over 7,000 years ago, sharp bone forks, arrowheads and hairpins were of great value. Based on the archaeological analysis, the fact that 18 valuable murder weapons snapped inside the girl's body demonstrated violent attacks with intense hatred. In addition, it was reported that nearly one hundred assailants might have been involved in the murder.
Zhang Zaiming, a researcher at the Xi'an Center for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Relics, said that judging from the archaeological report, Lingkou villagers lived in semi-subterranean houses, with the floor below the ground level, and walls made of white lime plaster mixed with mud and straw. Compared with the houses at Banpo, an archaeological site near Xi'an, those in Lingkou lived in a more miserable state. The Lingkou villagers made their living through farming and raising pigs. When crops failed local inhabitants would hunt and fish.
So why was there such a brutal murder involving so many? Archaeologists believe the young woman could have been a human sacrifice offered to a god in a religious ceremony, a captive or an outcast who had betrayed a marital oath or violated tribal rules, a victim at the hands of her vengeful lover or enemy, or a victim dissected at a funeral ceremony.
Archaeologists said they would further investigate "the Lingkou maiden" and find the reason behind this torture killing. Through a DNA analysis of the corpse, they will be able to identify her race, genes, height, physical features, or even her medical history. In addition, archaeologists will restore the maiden's skull to its original state, and mould a statue of her.


What do you think happened? Why was she killed in your opinion, since none of us know for sure.. mold your story. Share it.

From: hymn
2007-12-19 06:47 am (UTC)
it's possible she could've cheated on her husband, or was perceived as doing so.

or maybe she was "unclean" and seduced men--or was simply raped and they blamed it on her.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 06:50 am (UTC)
*nod* It could be any of those, certainly. The human sacrifice angle is particularly interesting too.
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[User Picture]From: jehannamama
2007-12-19 07:47 am (UTC)
In China?
Golly, that sounds gruesome.
But then again, things just as bad or worse still happen, often for religious reasons - but then again, there are mob mentalities in every culture.
That's sad.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 07:49 am (UTC)
*nod* For sure. I'm interested in the age she is too, for when the attack took place. I hope they find out more.
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From: echanchisai
2007-12-19 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty nutty. thanks for the interesting read - says a lot about human civilization then and now (and how we haven't really advanced too much as humans).
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 05:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :) Glad to share something I found interesting, and find other people are fascinated too. lol. I worry sometimes people's eyes will just glaze over and be like "Oh, Random. Stop."
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[User Picture]From: dwaleberry
2007-12-19 01:30 pm (UTC)
#1 cause of death worldwide, of course: Human stupidity
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 05:20 pm (UTC)
lol. True enough.
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[User Picture]From: sparklylights
2007-12-19 01:34 pm (UTC)
I like to think that she had done something wrong and was punished for it, maybe she had killed someone else?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 05:21 pm (UTC)
I hope so. I don't like the idea of her being an innocent victim.. though most are I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2007-12-19 01:59 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 05:24 pm (UTC)
Awww!!! I like that MUCH better! That is so flipping cool! It looks like she's touching his cheek! Oh my goodness! Thank you!!

I just might post the picture as a caption contest.
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2007-12-19 03:08 pm (UTC)
i think it was the human sacrifice for a religious reason. why use all that expensive stuff and the hundred to kill her otherwise?

Or maybe she was a traitor.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm really starting to lean toward human sacrifice. It seems like it would be the only reason to use those expensive instruments like you mentioned.. and to have her killed in a Caesarian way.. I don't know. I wouldn't want to waste a priceless weapon on a traitor.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-12-19 04:22 pm (UTC)
She fell. >.> She was cooking dinner and doing her hair and she tripped over her dog. She fell onto her hair pins and forks and rolled into the living room where her husband was cleaning his arrows. *nods* Clumsy bitch.
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2007-12-19 04:36 pm (UTC)
wow that happened to all my ex girlfriends, what a co-incedence
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[User Picture]From: goob712
2007-12-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
She burnt the meatloaf.

How dare she.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 08:31 pm (UTC)

It goes back centuries!
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-12-19 08:37 pm (UTC)

Did you ever read "The Lottery" by Shriley Jackson?

Its got to be ritual, and chances are they'll find more of them. Reminds me of the peat-bog bodies that they find in Britain. Long ago they would take a victim out to the bog and violently murder them. Then they'd dump the body. We wouldn't even know about it, except that something in the bogs turned the bodies into perfectly perserved leather. You can see their faces...kind of creepy.

My guess is that its like that or the aztec sacrifices where they would choose a young maiden and then kill her. Ceremonies like that are usuailly intended to insure a fertile harvest. If it was simply a murder, the valuable objects used to kill her would have been removed. The fact that they were left implies religious/social significance. I'm intensely curious now...how was she chosen? And did the whole community help kill her or was it a select group and most of all what was the killing intended to accomplish?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 09:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Did you ever read "The Lottery" by Shriley Jackson?

I've been meaning to read that. One of these days. ;)

And *nod* It's fascinating, isn't it? I think you're right about the ritual murder.
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From: truelovechild
2007-12-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
You reckon it's some version of stoning? A way of public execution that spreads the blame out so no one feels too guilty?

With a girl in that age range, it probably had something to do with sexual behavior. I might be getting too biblical to apply directly to China so incredibly long ago, but there are plenty of examples in the Old Testament of laws governing sex lives. She probably cheated on her husband, or found a pretty young boy toy before her father married her off, or something in that range. The punishment in the bible for a lot of those crimes is stoning. I don't see why the Chinese couldn't have come to the same conclusion about the proper form of punishment for such transgressions.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-19 10:29 pm (UTC)
Could very well be. Makes sense to me.
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From: psychopigeon
2007-12-20 02:48 am (UTC)
Ok, so I was going to mention all the peat bog bodies but apparently everybody else had the same idea :)

There's also Otzi from the Italian Alps. The archaeologists came up with all these theories about how he was a criminal on the run from the nearest village and died from exposure. Or equally unfounded claims. Then they got a police officer to look at the CAT scan. Apparently the archaeologists had missed the giant arrow blade stuck in his shoulder.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-20 03:25 am (UTC)
LOL, whooops!!!
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[User Picture]From: lynphoenyx
2007-12-20 04:30 pm (UTC)
I theorize that she was the ruler at the time and there was a coup! Similar to Casear's death in all that overthrough her had to stab her.
I don't know what she did to anger her people, she must have a made a huge political slip up. Seeing how young she was I'd guess it had to do with matters of the heart.
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From: skittish_derby
2007-12-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
i think she was a witch. lol. superstitious nonsense of some kind that seems to be the reasons for many random murders.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: unknownalchemy
2007-12-21 02:21 am (UTC)

oh man

started reading that and couldn't eat anymore :\

was not expecting mummies and slaughtering talk...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-21 02:26 am (UTC)

Re: oh man

I'm sorry!! *hugs*
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