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Normally, Catholics, as well as other religions, tend to dismiss their deceased with flowers at their burial, something that we can think is more or less modern although little or nothing has to do with a current tradition, at least as it shows a team of Spanish researchers, who have found a great concentration of fossilized pollen in a tomb dating back to the Paleolithic. This demonstrates that at least 16,000 years ago, someone placed flowers on what we might call a Paleolithic niche.
As explained Maria Jose Iriarte, a researcher and professor at the University of the Basque Country, both she and her team of researchers are clear that the flowers were deposited in that place, although they have no way of knowing if it was part of some kind of ritual, like the one we do today today at funerals, or if it was a more practical matter, such as avoiding bad odors from the decomposing body.
This burial is in the El Mirón cave, in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, where it has been baptized as the red lady, belonging to the Upper Paleolithic and of which different specialized publications have echoed and have made several reports on the matter, explaining the investigations that have been carried out and that are currently being carried out.
This cave is well known since it was discovered in 1903 Although the most frequent archaeological investigations did not begin until 1996, but It was not until 2010 that the first human burial was discovered, where the excellent state in which it was stood out, according to the researcher "uncontaminated and intact”.
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The burial features skeletal remains of a woman With an age that ranges between 33 and 40 years old and is found in the depths of the cave, in a space where you can see different engravings that could even have something to do with the burial, although it would be necessary to continue investigating.
As everything is arranged, the reddish coloration of the bones as well as the sediment in which they rest, reveals that ocher could have been used as part of the burial ritual, which is why it is given the nickname of the Red Lady.
The team of researchers studied in depth the environmental conditions in which burial occurred, where they made a large concentration of pollens from plants of a single family, the CHenopodiacea. Now the hypothesis about this discovery is that the plants were deposited in the tomb, and not by chance.
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