Discovery of 16 buried hands in Egypt provides first physical evidence of gruesome practice used by ancient warriors


Archaeologists excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris have dug up four pits containing 16 large right hands believed to have been sliced from the arms of vanquished enemies

Archaeologists excavating a site in Egypt’s Nile Delta have uncovered 16 buried hands believed to be the trophies victorious warriors took after battle 3,600 years ago. Experts believe the discovery is the earliest and only physical evidence that soldiers used to present the cut-off right hands of enemies in exchange for gold. After beating the enemy successful fighters would chop off their opponents hand to remove his strength and deprive him of his power for eternity.

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