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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 5: Early Family Values
One of the earliest family units on record were buried together about 4,600 years ago in what is now Eulau, Germany. This mother, father and two children belonged to what is called the Corded Ware Culture, which dates from the Copper Age. The family died a violent death—their skulls were crushed and their forearms exhibited defense wounds. However, the family was buried carefully, indicating that survivors of their community had laid them to rest. Speaking of the 2005 discovery, archaeologist Wolfgang Haak said, “By establishing the genetic links between the two adults and two children buried together in one grave, we have established the presence of the classic nuclear family in a prehistoric context in Central Europe.”