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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:54 PM

Ancient Bones That Tell a Story of Compassion (NY Times)


Photo credit: Lorna Tilley
Photo Caption: DISABLED Almost all the other skeletons at the Man Bac site, south of Hanoi, are straight. But the man now called Burial 9 was laid to rest curled in a fetal position that suggests lifelong paralysis.


Ancient Bones That Tell a Story of Compassion
By JAMES GORMAN
Published: December 17, 2012

While it is a painful truism that brutality and violence are at least as old as humanity, so, it seems, is caring for the sick and disabled.

And some archaeologists are suggesting a closer, more systematic look at how prehistoric people who may have left only their bones treated illness, injury and incapacitation. Call it the archaeology of health care.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/science/ancient-bones-that-tell-a-story-of-compassion.html?ref=science&_r=0

It seems like a silly - albeit perhaps common - assumption that ancient peoples would have simply disposed of their disabled, and this is an interesting look at how evidence of care-giving appears in the archaeological record...

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Response to petronius (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 04:48 PM

1. This is truly impressive. Would never have suspected this kind of evidence.

Returning to reread it before putting it to rest.

Thank you very much.

Amazing.

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:45 AM

2. Looks like Objectivism is a relatively new development

and not really necessary to the survival of the human race.

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:03 AM

3. This is not the first evidence we have of this.

Social Darwinism is a massively exploded theory.

Even recent studies of babies show they remember, like, and reward kindness while shunning cruelty. If anybody had ever stopped to think, the survival value of that would be obvious: IT AIN'T SAFE TO HANG OUT WITH A CREEP WHO WILL LEAVE YOU TO DIE.

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