This image shows the fractured skull of an about eight-years-old child with a digital mark (3cm=1.18 inch) to show the size.The perimortem cranial injury in the frontal bone of the child that lived in the Stone Age was found on skeletal remains in a grave near Frankfurt, Germany, that bear signs of terrible violence some 7,000 years ago, rare evidence, scientists say, of a massacre among Europeís prehistoric people.'We can't say for sure whether the victims were still alive,'Meyer said the findings from Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten bolster theories put forward after the earlier discovery of two other grave sites in Germany and Austria.Intriguingly, the sites have all been dated toward the end of the LBK's 600-year presence, suggesting that members of this culture - which is thought to have developed in what is now Hungary and spread along the Danube River - may have turned on each other.

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The perimortem cranial injury of the child that lived in the Stone Age was found on skeletal remains in a grave near Frankfurt, Germany, that bear signs of terrible violence some 7,000 years ago, rare evidence, scientists say, of a massacre among Europeís prehistoric people.'Not just the suppression of a rival community — if that is what it was — but the egregious and systematic breaking of the lower legs,' said Scarre.

'It suggests the use of terror tactics as part of this inter-community violence.'Meyer said the theory of conflict between different groups within the LBK is supported by the existence of an apparent ancient border near the Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten site.

The moccasin, made from a single piece of cowhide, was found in a cave in the tiny village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor region in 2008.

It shot to fame only recently, when recent carbon dating shows that it could be 5,600 years old.

For example, there’s also the Church of the Virgin Mary,” said Asya Simonyan, also from the village.

Boris Gasparyan led the team of archaeologists who made the discovery, and believes it will benefit the country as a whole.

That makes it the world’s oldest item of all-leather footwear, although sandals found in Missouri date back still further.

In Armenia, many are pleased that their country has made international news for a reason other than its troubled relations with neighbours Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Plans are already afoot to put the artifact on public display.