According to several sources, around what time was it believed that the first “ritual” funeral of a human was performed?
A) 5000 B.C.
B) 60,00 B.C.
C) 1000 A.D.
Answer: B) around 60,000 B.C.
Researchers have found burial grounds of Neanderthal man dating to 60,000 BC
with animal antlers on the body and flower fragments next to the corpse indicating
some type of ritual and gifts to the deceased. One of the first examples of this was
unearthed in the Shanidar cave in Iraq; Neanderthal skeletons were discovered with
a layer of pollen.
With no great intellect or customs, the Neanderthal man instinctively buried their dead
with ritual and ceremony. This may suggest that Neanderthals believed in an afterlife,
but were at least capable of mourning, and were likely aware of their own
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