The ‘oldest known creation in the Middle East’ is revealed to be a young man who was wounded by a shotgun a few months before their death in Israel 9,000 years ago
- Researchers uncover evidence of ancient creation in northern Israel
- The finding included the remains of a corpse that had been deliberately set on fire
- The team says the creation and remains until 7013 BC and 6700 BC
The oldest known creation in the Middle East has been discovered and it happened 9,000 years ago after a young teenager died after being hit by a shotgun shell.
Scientists from the French National Center for Scientific Research believe the remains found in present-day Israel marked a cultural shift in burial practices.
Excavations at the Neolithic site of Beisamon in northern Israel uncovered the ancient creation pit dating to 7013 BC and 6700 BC.
The remains of a corpse appear to have been intentionally cremated as part of a funeral practice and are the oldest known example of creams in the region.
This is a picture of the proper shaft in place – preserved almost entirely by a piece of mud wall collapsed during the fire that burned the rest of the young adult’s remains
The individual buried in the pirate pit was wounded by a shell several months before he died apparently passing them all over this piece of bone
The remains contain parts of a complete skeleton of an adult teenager who warmed up to a temperature above 932 degrees Fahrenheit shortly after death.
What remained of the bones belonging to the young man were legs, ribs, shoulders and part of his left arm – the rest had been burned beyond recognition.
The debris sits inside a pit that appears to have been built with a high wall of insulation and strong insulation, according to lead researcher Fanny Bocquentin.
The remains of microscopic plants discovered inside the pyramid pit are likely to remain from the fuel for the fire, according to findings published in the journal PLOS One.
The evidence led the research team to identify it as a deliberate creation of a fresh corpse, as opposed to burning dry debris or a tragic fire accident.
Dr Bocquentin said the creaming comes at an important period of transition in funeral practices in this region of the world.
“Old traditions were on the way out, such as removing the cranium of the dead and burying them inside the settlement, while practices like cremation were new.”
On the left is a skeleton segment left over from the funeral drink and on the right is a section of the site where drinking can be seen
“This change in the burial procedure could also mean a transition to the rituals surrounding death and the importance of the deceased within society,” she said.
‘Further examination of other possible cremation sites in the region will help clarify this important cultural change.
‘This is a redefinition of the place of the dead in the village and in society’.
The findings are published in the journal PLOS ONE.