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Severed hands discovered in ancient Egypt

Posted on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: the L

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Archaeologists made the discovery while excavating a palace in the ancient Egyptian city of Avaris.

The remains of 16 human hands were found within two pits and are thought to be 3600 years old, placing them at a time when the Hyksos people controlled part of Egypt and King Khayan ruled from the Palace in Avaris. It is believed that the hands are the first direct evidence of an ancient practice involving soldiers cutting off and presenting the right hand of their enemies.

"Most of the hands are quite large and some of them are very large," said excavations field director Manfred Bietak. "Our evidence is the earliest evidence and the only physical evidence at all."

"A team of archaeologists excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris, in Egypt, has made a gruesome discovery."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by The_Spartan on 14 August, 2012, 11:30
Poor hand-less people Yeah, poor handless dead people....what where they going to with the hands since they were dead after all??
Comment icon #13 Posted by King Fluffs on 14 August, 2012, 12:10
Oh dear... I sure hope the police don't find my fingerprints on 'em. I was an assassin in Egypt around that time.
Comment icon #14 Posted by jbefumo on 14 August, 2012, 14:25
soldiers then, soldiers now . . . brutish animals never evolve
Comment icon #15 Posted by Paracelse on 14 August, 2012, 16:19
IIRC the Romans cut hands off corpses to tally the dead - less grusome then heads altough heads of dignitaries were taken as trophies and used as threats/warning to tribes in Gaul et al. Gauls adorned their homes with the heads of fallen enemies, although they kept them on their horses during battle
Comment icon #16 Posted by the L on 14 August, 2012, 18:35
Thanks The -L- . No problem. I adore posting on UM. Its my favourite site plus it is No1 site when you want to discuss these kinds of things. Recently I met few people on UM that usually post in They claim that ATS is best site and they want me to wrote there. My question was if ATS is best why you came here. Its childish discusion but then again Im childish too. Back on your post and Islam. Although I found Islam scientist to be realy stunning and trough my history learning and research I stumble upon many of them with numerous "firsts" I must admit that Islam civilization... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by the L on 14 August, 2012, 18:40
Gauls adorned their homes with the heads of fallen enemies, although they kept them on their horses during battle Then Alesia happened.
Comment icon #18 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 14 August, 2012, 19:25
Those were not the only body parts that were cut off and counted as trophies. LOL.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Myles on 15 August, 2012, 0:04
Like who else? Do you really doubt that past societies would cut off hands of theives?
Comment icon #20 Posted by csspwns on 15 August, 2012, 2:39
Those were not the only body parts that were cut off and counted as trophies. LOL. we dont noe wat u are talking about
Comment icon #21 Posted by Paracelse on 15 August, 2012, 4:34
Then Alesia happened. Indeed Ceasar lied to Vercingetorix ... but he lied to everybody

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