The female shaman body found in Israeli cave gives us insight of the ancient burial rituals .
The female shaman found in the burial site was 45 years old when she died . Her bones are showing she wasn’t higher than 1.5 meters . She also suffered from variety of deceases and distortions and deformations .The woman was buried together with a human foot , tortoise shells , eagle’s wing and many more . Archeologists consider the remnants to be some 12 000 years old . The grave was found is the Hilazon Tachtit (Lower Hilazon River ) cave , Galilee – North Israel .
The burial site is a time portal showing us the interment traditions in the Natufian Era .
The Natufian culture existed 15 000 to 9000 years ago . Archaeologists believe the Natufian people are some of the first humans that abandoned the nomadic ways of life . They have settled in nowadays Galilee and started producing resources instead of just hunt and gather them . On the site archeologists found evidences of bread backing and grain grinding .
The extremely well preserved burial site has given the scientists the opportunity to identify the individual rituals accompanying the burial of the female shaman . The site showing how the ancient treated their dead , and the ceremonies they held . The way the she has been buried is definitive evidences of spiritual practices and traditions .
The good preservation of the site helped the archeologist to identify all the stages of the burial ritual of the female shaman .
The ceremony has begun with the digging oval hole in the rocks .
Then the they have laid down large stones , tortoise shells , seashells , deer body and a basalt bowl intendedly , broken in to pieces for the sake of the ceremony .
After that the grave was filled with animal bones . Female shaman’s body has been lied down . More animal bones and parts was placed beside her . The collection included leopard’s pelvis , pig’s leg , two sculls of martens and cow’s tailbone . The most interesting bone it the grave was a human foot. Judging by the size of the bone the foot didn’t belong to the shaman.
The next layer placed in the grave consisted more deer bones and tortoise shells . Due to the fact that the deer bones were mainly from young deer , the archeologist concluded that the burial took place in the spring . The grave has been finally covered with a large triangular stone .
The whole excavation and analysis on the burial site of the female shaman took three years . It provided priceless information about the ancient traditions . it is a glimpse of the prehistorical spirituality of the human kind . It is an evidence of complex ceremonial system .