The First Flower People
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by Ralph Solecki
Knopf: NY, 1971 FIRST EDITION. Illustratedd with numerous photos, diagrams and 3 maps. 280 pages, w/biblio, index.
A fascinating tale of a great cave in the Southern Kurdistan (in Iraq) where it is believed that the first ritualized burial of a Neanderthal took place. Paleobotanists discovered enormous quantities of pollen about the excavated bodies, leading them to believe that the corpses were left with flowers, and purposely buried with a care previously unseen in fossilized human remains.
The Skull Of Shanidar II. Written by T.D. Stewart, the book was published in 1962 by the Smithsonian Institution. Illustrated.
Shanidar Cave is an archaeological site in the Bradost mountain, Zagros Mountains in Hawler Governorate, Southern Kurdistan "Iraq". The site is located in the valley of the Great Zab. It was excavated from 19571961 by Ralph Solecki and his team from Columbia University and yielded the first adult "Neanderthal skeletons in Iraq", dating from 6080,000 years BP.
The excavated area produced nine skeletons of Neanderthals of varying ages and states of preservation and completeness (labelled Shanidar I IX). The tenth individual was recently discovered by M. Zeder during examination of a faunal assemblage from the site at the Smithsonian Institution. The remains seemed to Zeder to suggest that Neandertals had funeral ceremonies, burying their dead with flowers (although the flowers are now thought to be a modern contaminant), and that they took care of injured individuals. One skeleton and casts of the others at the Smithsonian Institution are all that is left of the findings, the originals having been dispersed in Iraq.
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The Proto Neolithic Cemetery ku ji hÍla Ralph S. Solecki, Rose E.
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