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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Oct 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

"Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of an Iron Age massacre, frozen in time for thousands of years until excavation.

Discovered in 1935 and first excavated in 1973, the ancient town of La Hoya in northern Spain's Basque Country was destroyed in a violent attack between 350 and 200 BC.

The town was never reoccupied, and those who died in the attack remained where they had fallen until the town was excavated…"


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rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2020 10:05 a.m. PST

Interesting article, but since this took place in the Iron Age, wouldn't it fall under ancients? If the dating is correct,it is too early for the 2nd Punic War, but the inhabitants of ancient Spain seem to have been quite warlike so it is by no means surprising. Since it was in what is now the Basque Region, perhaps it was raiders from Gaul that crossed the passes to sack the village, or possibly an event from a local tribal war, or even something purely
internal such as the brief "civil wars" that wracked Zululand in the early 19th century that led to losing factions being massacred wholesale.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2020 10:09 a.m. PST

Actually, if this occurred closer to 200 BCE, then it might be related to the 2nd Punic War.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2020 12:13 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


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