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Mysterious Pair Buried With Flowers

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

Imprints of stems and blossoms stamped into the dirt of ancient graves are the oldest definitive proof of flowers decorating graves—a common practice around the world today—a new study says.

Scented flowering plants, such as mint and sage, were imprinted in soft mud after they decomposed some 12,000 years ago in the graves, which are located in a cave on northern Israel's Mount Carmel.

Ancient mourners lined four graves with the flowers, most notably one that holds the bodies of two people.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 11:44 PM

That's a rather beautiful mystery..

  (interesting link in the article too!)     Natufian culture ...  it talks about the extreme antiquity of communal feasting.. having it's roots in pre agricultural times.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:09 PM

What a bittersweet 'mystery'. :) Thankyou for sharing...

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:37 PM

very neat. so much of what we know about these ancient cultures is just half-blind speculation, anything that gives some concrete details, regardless of how small is worth getting excited about.

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