Friday, October 7, 2022

Mass Grave from the Second Battle of Himera, Sicily, 409 BC

DNA analysis of the remains from this burial pit shows that about a quarter of the "Greeks" who fought in this famous battle against Carthage were non-Greeks, most likely mercenaries. Graves said to be associated with the First Battle of Himera in 480 BC were more than half non-Greek. 

That's a big image worth clicking on if you like this sort of thing. (NY Times)

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