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

    Pomeroy, E and Bennett, P and Hunt, C.O. and Reynolds, Tim and Farr, L and Frouin, M and Holman, J and Lane, R and French, C and Barker, G (2020) New Neanderthal remains associated with the ‘Flower Burial’ at Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan. Antiquity: A Review of World Archaeology 94 (373), pp. 11-26. ISSN 0003-598X.

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    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
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Tim Reynolds
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 11:33
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:54


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