Stone Age burial garment found in France was adorned with shells and deer teeth
Archaeologists have identified a burial garment from a Stone Age grave after new analyses have been carried out on a finding discovered in the 1970s.
|The partial remains of a man from 7,000 years ago was found wrapped in a jacket decorated with sea shells |
[Credit: Aurélie Zemour]
The body was buried in 4950-4800 BCE, in primary position, and it belonged to an adult man. Laboratory analyses have established that the man’s burial garment was decorated with sea shells and the teeth of red deer. The garment was probably a jacket or tunic.
|The conical shells were sewn onto the jacket, which has now decayed, in intricate rows in an alternating pattern, |
with shells facing either up or down [Credit: Aurélie Zemour]
Although a reconstruction of the garment was performed by researchers, the skull, hands and legs of the body are not saved, probably due to later construction and digging at the site.
The study was published in the Journal of Field Archaeology.
Source: Archaiologia Online [March 10, 2017]