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Pre-Historic Zawi Chemi Shanidar

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Two Bone Hafts From Northern Iraq
Antiquity Volume XXXVII (March 1963)
Ralph Solecki (Columbia University)

Palaeolithic Shanidar Cave

Shanidar Cave(Doctor Ralph Solecki) A cave in northern Iraq (MAP) at an altitude of 745 metres. A small village site outside, Zawi Chemi Shanidar, has produced some evidence for early farming at the time of the Zarzian, whose levels at the summit of the cave are about 10000 BC. Beneath early Upper Palaeolithic levels are Mousterian layers from which come a series of Neanderthal skeletons, several thought to have been killed by rock falls. One Neanderthal was apparently buried with flowers, the clusters of pollen at the centre surviving. Another had apparently had his arm crudely amputated above the elbow and lived for some time afterwards ... (AHSFC)

Epi-Palaeolithic Zawi Chemi Shanidar

A site of the Karim Shahir Culture near the Zab River in northern Iraq 6 kilometres from the Shanidar Cave. This open air site provides important evidence of early stock control associated with a radiocarbon date of circa 8640 BC. High proportions of immature sheep, especially in the upper levels, were originally interpreted as indicating incipient domestication but today this evidence is more often taken to indicate stock manipulation, perhaps herding, rather than domestication. Occupation was probably seasonal and plant resources were clearly exploited as indicated by the occurrence of querns, grinding stones and storage pits. Other artefacts include stone axes and non-utilitarian objects such as worked bone with incised or notched decoration. Obsidian from the Lake Van area of Anatolia indicates far ranging contacts. The site also produced remains of a circular stone structure, perhaps a hut, and 28 burials, 26 of which were associated with a stone platform ... (AHSFC)

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