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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Neanderthal Hearths at El Salt Reveal Plant And Fish Remains

Neanderthal Hearths at El Salt Reveal Plant And Fish Remains
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Julien at A Very Remote Period Indeed has posted a brief note on what looks to be a very important discovery from southern Spain, where archaeologists investigating Neanderthal occupation levels at a Mousterian site called El Salt, dating back at least 60,000 years, have discovered and analysed fat residues and other remains that indicate Neanderthals were not only cooking animals such as wild goat and deer, but quite possibly fish and vegetable matter too. Should the results be confirmed, the site of El Salt, Alcoy in Alicante would represent far earlier evidence for the dietary complexity of Neanderthals than those who occupied Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar, and who were thought to have been eating mussels and dolphin around 25,000 years ago, after cooked remains were discovered in situ.............Read More

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