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Flowers-for-dead tradition dates back 13,000 years

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:49

Washington: The remains of flowers that were found in Stone Age Natufian graves has provided the latest evidence that the colourful and fragrant blooms have been there at the funerals for a long time.

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.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 11:49

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