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12,000 year old feast have been found in a cave in Northern Israel

Palaeolithic funeral feast unearthed in Northern Israel By Katie Alcock Science reporter, BBC News

Over 70 tortoise skeletons were found in one of the depressions, many of them with almost intact shells The remains of a huge 12,000 year old feast have been found in a cave in Northern Israel.

Archaeologists working in Hilazon Tachtit found what they thought was a late Palaeolithic campsite, when they discovered tools and animal bones.

However they soon realised they were looking at a large burial site, with huge numbers of animal bones.

They found the remains of at least three aurochs – giant extinct cattle – and over 70 tortoise skeletons.

The site, from the era known as the Natufian phase, had at least 28 human bodies, ranging from babies to those who would have been elderly for the time – aged about 45.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11153902

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