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Burial of a youth with antlers of a fallow deer

Burial of a youth with antlers of a fallow deer

Burial of a youth with antlers of a fallow deer

Cast

L: 60 cm; H: 19 cm; W: 50 cm

Gift of the French Research Center in Jerusalem

Accession number:

2002.53.20

Archaeology/Prehistoric Periods

These are the bones of a fourteen-year-old boy who was interred in one of the first burial sites in the world. He is one of the earliest representatives of the Homo sapiens species. His facial features and the proportions of his body were similar to those of humans today. The antlers of a fallow deer were placed on top of his chest, shedding light on the burial customs of the people of this period and perhaps their belief in an afterlife.