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New Neanderthal remains associated with the ‘Flower Burial’ at Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan

Pomeroy, E, Bennett, P, Hunt, CO, Reynolds, T, Farr, L, Frouin, M, Holman, J, Lane, R, French, C and Barker, G New Neanderthal remains associated with the ‘Flower Burial’ at Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology. ISSN 0003-598X (Accepted)

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Abstract

Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan became an iconic Palaeolithic site after Ralph Solecki’s discoveries in 1951-1960 of 10 Neanderthals, some of whom he argued had died in rockfalls and others–controversially–buried with formal burial rites, including one with flowers. New excavations began in 2015. In 2018 the team discovered the articulated upper body of an adult Neanderthal near to the ‘Flower Burial’ location, dating to 70–60 thousand years ago. Stratigraphic evidence suggests that it was a deliberate burial. The new find is the first articulated Neanderthal discovered for some 35 years, so of considerable potential importance for Neanderthal studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2101 Archaeology, 2004 Linguistics
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 10:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 10:30
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11568

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