Qafzeh: Oldest Intentional Burial

Qafzeh: Oldest Intentional Burial
Exhibit item
Date of discovery: 
1933
Discovered by: 
R. Neuville
Age: 
About 100,000 years old
Site: 
Qafzeh

Intentional burial

At Qafzeh, Israel, the remains of as many as 15 individuals were found in a cave, along with 71 pieces of red ocher and ocher-stained stone tools. The ocher was found near the bones, suggesting it was used in a ritual.