Shanidar Cave in the Zagros Mountains, with its 26 burials containing 35 bodies, `is the oldest prehistoric site with the longest history of occupation in Iraq'. This volume provides an archaeological overview of the site, which dates to the 11th millennium BC, excavated throughly by Ralph Solecki throughout the 1950s. Sections examine the burials themselves, which included adolescents, infants and adults, associated stone clusters and walls, the flint tools and stone beads. Finally the study considers what the burials and the composition of the burial groups reveal about Proto-Neolithic society in the region and its mortuary practices. Additional analysis on the skeletal remains, beads and pendants is presented in appendices.This volume provides an archaeological overview of the site, which dates to the 11th millennium BC, excavated throughly by Ralph Solecki throughout the 1950s.
|Title||:||The Proto-Neolithic Cemetery in Shanidar Cave|
|Author||:||Ralph S. Solecki, Rose L. Solecki, Anagnostis P. Agelarakis|
|Publisher||:||Texas A&M University Press - 2004|