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Tomb of the Vulture Lord - Archaeology Magazine

Tomb of the Vulture Lord - Archaeology Magazine | Early Human Burials | Scoop.it
A king’s burial reveals a pivotal moment in Maya history
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This article,  published in the Archaeology Magazine, was authored by Roger Atwood and gives an example of an ancient Maya burial tomb that may mark the beginning of the Maya empire. In Guatemala a 2,500 year old burial tomb was discovered along with an array of artifacts. The only catch was there was to skeleton, the persons bones must have deteriorated over time. But, since the artifacts that were found were so ornate archaeologists suspect that this is was the tomb of a king or emperor. Also some of the artifacts, such as the jade beads, were characteristic of the olmec empire, and the others were of Maya tradition which included a Vulture, ceramic woman, and a tattoo that was an exact match of a Maya site. This shows the switch in dominant culture from the Olmec to the Maya. 

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History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian | Early Human Burials | Scoop.it
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This article was published on the official Smithsonian website and authored by Hellen Thomson. It discusses the discovery of 3 human babies who were found buried in Alaska by a team of archaeologists North of the Tanana River. The first of the three, found buried above the other ones, was found partially cremated while the other two were left intact. Archaeologists speculate the reason behind the cremation of the first but there is inconclusive evidence to state  one hypothesis as being correct. This discovery is important because these infants could provide us with critical knowledge on the peopling of North America.

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Study shows early human burials varied widely | Newsroom | University of Colorado Denver

Study shows early human burials varied widely | Newsroom | University of Colorado Denver | Early Human Burials | Scoop.it
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This article, posted by the University of Colorado, was authored by David Kelly and gives insight to early human burials that predate modern humans in Eurasia. Most graves were simple and included items of every day life, but a few have been found that included lavish and ornate objects. The reason for these variations is unclear but what is striking is that the behavior of humans doesn't always go from simple to complex, it fluctuates in terms of complexity depending on the conditions these early humans lives in.

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Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual | Early Human Burials | Scoop.it
New findings validate claims made more than a hundred years ago that Neanderthals buried one of their dead in a French cave.
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This article published on the National Geographic website and authored by Ker Than, discusses the ancient burial of one Neanderthal male. His skeleton was found in 1908 in southwestern France by two Catholic Priests who happened to be brothers . There was some skepticism in the beginning on whether or not this man was intentionally buried but after the discovery of 20 more, or so, grave sites evidence was uncovered to suggest that these burial were in fact intentional and that this man along with others, were cared for in their old age and and in their death. 

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