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Research: Flowers-for-dead Tradition Dates Back 13,000 Years

by Rukmani Krishna on  July 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM Research News   - G J E 4
The latest evidence that colourful and fragrant blooms have been there at the funerals for a long time was provided by the remains of flowers that were found in Stone Age Natufian graves.
 Research: Flowers-for-dead Tradition Dates Back 13,000 Years
Research: Flowers-for-dead Tradition Dates Back 13,000 Years
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Daniel Nadel from the University of Haifa in Israel said that before there were only a few isolated burials but some Natufian sites have had more than 100 skeletons in one area, which gave the world the first glimpse of a cemetery, Discovery News reported.

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Nadel and his colleagues found four graves in Raqefet cave in the Haifa district, which were dated to 13,700 - 11,700 years back.

They found that the graves were lined with flowers; they also identified sages and figworts' imprints in the mud around the bodies - the earliest proof of plants being linked with funerals.

They believe that the plants were laid out beneath and under the bodies of the dead, and were put in a layer thick which was enough to prevent other objects in the grave from leaving their own imprints in the mud.

Source: ANI
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