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1Garp83
Jul. 1, 2013, 9:30pm

Earliest Evidence of Flower-Lined Graves Found in 11,000-Year-Old Site

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/07/01/earliest-evidence-of-flower...

Very cool!

2stellarexplorer
Jul. 2, 2013, 12:44am

Publicity hounds!

3Garp83
Jul. 2, 2013, 6:18am

Next they will have Twitter @Natufians

4alaudacorax
Jul. 2, 2013, 12:53pm

I'm interested in the mention of these graves being 'filled with flints, stones and butchered animal bones', especially the latter. Were people actually living and eating in these caves when the graves were made, I wonder, or would the bones be the remains of some ritual feast? If the former, you have to wonder if the aromatic herbs were simply an attempt to ameliorate the smell of the rotting corpse.

I assume the reference to 'flints' means just that, and not flint tools? Otherwise the next question would be were the animal bones simply that or the remains of joints of meat buried with the dead, along with some handy tools - well-providing the deceased for the afterlife, Egyptian-style?

5anthonywillard
Jul. 18, 2013, 9:32pm

Some later people buried their dead underneath their living space, e.g. Çatal-Huruk in Anatolia.

6PhaedraB
Jul. 18, 2013, 9:47pm

5 > Or John Wayne Gacy.

7anthonywillard
Jul. 18, 2013, 10:10pm

>6 PhaedraB: Next we'll have Natufian refrigerator burials.