Giant 11,000-year Old Mortars Found in Levant Served in Funerary Rituals

The sound of the pounding may have been used to summon the late Stone Age community from far and wide for the funeral ritual, Haifa University archaeologists postulate

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Enormous mortars carved out of boulders more than 11,000 years ago, found at Natufian burial sites throughout the Levant, have foxed archaeologists for decades. Their sheer size made them inappropriate for...