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English Civil War mass grave found

Construction work in Durham, England, has led to the discovery of a mass grave containing between 17-28 Scottish soldiers who were taken prisoner after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. The Battle of Dunbar was one of the most brutal, bloody and short battles of the 17th Century civil wars. In

Ancient soldiers suffered from PTSD

New research has revealed that ancient soldiers also suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This paper, entitled Nothing New Under the Sun: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in the Ancient World, gives evidence that much earlier traumas were suffered in Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq) during the Assyrian Dynasty (1300-609 BC). These instances were explained

Beheaded samurai warriors examined

Researchers are examining the beheaded bodies of samurai warriors to better understand the wounds they suffered, their fighting styles, and the practice of taking heads as trophies. Very large numbers of fighters had been beheaded – many almost certainly as a result of trophy-taking practises by the emperor’s forces. In 14th

Remains of 5 individuals killed in battle found under castle

The remains of five people have been found under the Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle in Scotland, including a woman "Amazon" killed by a warhammer during the Wars of Independence. Peter Yeoman, Historic Scotland's head of cultural heritage, said yesterday that the new discoveries about the grim fate of the lady

Bronze Age battle site found in Germany

Broken bones and wooden clubs have been found by a German river bank, indicating the site of an ancient Bronze Age battle. They found remains of around 100 human bodies, of which eight had lesions to their bones. Most of the bodies, but not all, appeared to be young men. The injuries

Bone of leprous warrior found in medieval cemetery

The bones of a slain warrior suffering from leprosy have been uncovered in a medieval Italian cemetery. Studying ancient leprosy, which is caused by a bacterial infection, may help scientists figure out how the infectious disease evolved. The find also reveals the warlike ways of the semi-nomadic people who lived in the

Collecting autographs of Iwo Jima

The Ozaukee Press has an interesting story about John Beele, who has been collecting the signatures of servicemen who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. Everywhere he goes, he seeks out servicemen who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. When he finds them, he asks

Ancient shipwreck points to major Roman battle

The remains of a sunken Roman warship have been found in the Mediterranean Sea, possibly confirming the site of a major battle where Rome defeated Carthage. The shipwreck was found near the island of Levanzo, west of Sicily, which is where historical documents place the battle. In the summer of