Unearthed 12,000-year-old Female Shaman in a Cave near Galilee site, called Hilazon Tachtit

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A well-preserved finding in burial cave from the Natufian of the era 12,000 years ago sheds light on the complex rites and rituals of the prehistory. The bones of a shaman woman who was lying in her burial site, surrounded by 86 tortoise shells, an eagle’s wing, a leopard’s pelvic bone, a complete deer, a tailbone from a cow, and a myriad of other bones and objects, at the Hilazon Cave. The prehistoric grave was in the Galilee area of northern Israel. The clan was living in a hunter-gatherer society, were and much more has been discovered buried with the female shaman.

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The unique features of the woman’s interment have shed new light on all of human society during the late Natufian era 10,800-9,500 BCE, and on how the ancients treated their rites and rituals according to the archaeological team led Prof. Natalie Munro of Connecticut University and Prof. Leore Grosman of…

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