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Press Release 10-157

Feasts at a Funeral

Ancient Israeli burial site suggests that feasts were important to building first communities

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Photo of woman excavating and the words Photo Gallery

See the remains of the ancient feast up close in this photo gallery.

Credit: Lisa Raffensperger, National Science Foundation


Photo of auroch remains consumed as part of a feast at a cave in Israel.

A structure at Hilazon Tachtit Cave, Israel, contained the remains from at least three aurochs (wild cattle) that were consumed by humans as part of a feast.

Credit: Photo by Naftali Hilger

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