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The Most Fascinating Ancient Discoveries: The First Graves

We do not know exactly when the first burials happened. Many ancient graves have been discovered but there may be older ones which have yet to be found. As far as we know, Neanderthal people were the first to bury their dead. They seem to have performed ritual ceremonies which suggest that they had some religious beliefs by this time.

The Most Fascinating Ancient Discoveries: The First Graves

By Mr Ghaz, November 25, 2010

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The Most Fascinating Ancient Discoveries: The First Graves

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Life was hard for the early hominids. The search for food and shelter was so demanding that it left little time for anything else. But at some point, about 80,000 years ago, some of these early people found time to establish rituals and ceremonies. The earliest of these were concerned with burying the dead. Animals do not bury their dead and the earliest people did not either. The first burials must have occurred after people had begun to think about things other than hunting and keeping warm.

The First Graves

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We do not know exactly when the first burials happened. Many ancient graves have been discovered but there may be older ones which have yet to be found. As far as we know, Neanderthal people were the first to bury their dead. They seem to have performed ritual ceremonies which suggest that they had some religious beliefs by this time.

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Graves have been found in the earth floors of caves where Neanderthal people lived. The graves are shallow, but even a shallow grave must have taken a long time and a lot effort to dig with simple stone tools and digging sticks. The body was often placed on its side, with the knees drawn up to the chin, as though the person were asleep. Some bodies were buried with tools, so the Neanderthals may have believed in an after-life in which people needed their earthly possessions.

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  1. PSingh1990

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:46 am


    Nice Share.

    :-)

  2. Linvio

    On September 14, 2010 at 9:45 am


    very interesting…

  3. melphens

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:29 am


    well made entry. like it! ;)

  4. GodsGrace

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:11 am


    Wonderful Work

  5. Judy Sheldon

    On September 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm


    Fascinating. Jesus was placed in a tomb and so was Lazarus.

  6. giftarist

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm


    Awesome post. Thanks!

  7. margaridab

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm


    Great article!

  8. Goodselfme

    On September 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm


    Always done well and presented with zeal.Thank you.

  9. Moses Ingram

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm


    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Mark Gordon Brown

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm


    Its easier to bury people in a fetal position, smaller hole. Still very interesting and makes you think why they did this.. perhaps it was nothing more than trying to keep wild animals away from where they lived because otherwise the animals would have been attracted by the smell of death.

  11. Hettie

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm


    An interesting article

  12. sir rob

    On September 15, 2010 at 4:27 am


    It’s great to learn about this stuff. It’s always interesting to know history.

  13. Starpisces

    On September 15, 2010 at 7:11 am


    Mr Ghaz, your research is very good and you presented it so well here, the pictures selected are awesome though they are scary ones.
    Thumbs up!

  14. CHAN LEE PENG

    On September 15, 2010 at 10:25 am


    You always surprise me with wonderfully written article. Great job, Mr. Ghaz.

  15. papaleng

    On September 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm


    Another well-researched article!

  16. Nykesha Alexandra

    On September 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm


    This is incredible!

  17. Brewed Coffee

    On September 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm


    This is very interesting and quite informative. Excellent title too. Very catchy. :-)

  18. Angela Ohm

    On September 22, 2010 at 12:45 am


    This was very interesting and well written :)

  19. sasuke191

    On September 23, 2010 at 4:14 am


    Interesting…. Quite a bit creepy too.. ^^

  20. lucia anna

    On September 26, 2010 at 5:13 am


    Excellent

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