BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A question as old as time seems to have received an unexpected answer: is man inherently violent or is it something stirred up by coalescing societies? A group of researchers has reached the conclusion that a recently documented prehistorical massacre proves man’s inclination towards violence.
Quite recent, a team comprised of archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed several human remains around Lake Turkana, in Kenya. The dig site is located in Nataruk, a lagoon situated on the Turkana Lake.
The archeological discovery has managed to respark that age old question: is man inherently violent or is this propension towards violent encounter one of the machinations of emerging societies? At the dig site, the team unearthed the remains of several members belonging to a hunter-gatherer tribe, which lived during the Stone Age.
Sites like this are found all over the world, but this one seems to be quite unique. According to a team of scientists, all the members belonging to the bygone hunter-gatherer tribe have met their end in dubious circumstances.
Additional tests performed on the earthly remains have concluded that the tribesmen met their end after being massacred probably by another tribe. Most of the bones found at the digging site bore marks made by primitive weapons. Among bashed in skulls and punctured bones, the scientists also discovered several other bone fragments which looked like they were punctured by arrow-like weapons.
The prehistorical massacre proves man’s inclination towards violence but fails to prove that man thrives on war. It was somewhat common for other tribes to spar over the dominance of a territory, but war is something taking place on a much larger scale.
In order to talk about full-fledged war, we should take into account the fact that only a fully-developed and settle society is capable of organizing armies with the intent to conquer territories. The digging site may indeed prove that under certain conditions, the dark side of humankind might resurface, but it is still vague whether it was a war, a skirmish or simply a vindictive action.
The earthly remains of the hunter-gatherer tribes attest the fact that they were indeed butchered, probably by a local tribe, but there is no indication that this action can be construed as evidence that the tribesmen were engaged in an armed conflict with an opposing tribe or society.
In the end, we can only turn towards philosophy in order to find out the answer to our question. While several would agree that man is accustomed to violence since the dawn of time, other would say that although man can be violent, he did more to keep and to maintain peace.