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Grosman, L., Munro, N. D., & Beifer-Cohen, A. (2008). 12,000 year-old shaman burial from southern levant (israel). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0806030105
BibTeX citation key: Grosman2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: Testudinidae, Testudo, Testudo graeca
Creators: Beifer-Cohen, Grosman, Munro
Collection: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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The Natufians of the southern Levant (15,000–11,500 cal BP) underwent pronounced socioeconomic changes associated with the onset of sedentism and the shift from a foraging to farming lifestyle. Excavations at the 12,000-year-old Natufian cave site, Hilazon Tachtit (Israel), have revealed a grave that provides a rare opportunity to investigate the ideological shifts that must have accompanied these socioeconomic changes. The grave was constructed and specifically arranged for a petite, elderly, and disabled woman, who was accompanied by exceptional grave offerings. The grave goods comprised 50 complete tortoise shells and select body-parts of a wild boar, an eagle, a cow, a leopard, and two martens, as well as a complete human foot. The interment rituals and the method used to construct and seal the grave suggest that this is the burial of a shaman, one of the earliest known from the archaeological record. Several attributes of this burial later become central in the spiritual arena of human cultures worldwide.
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