New skull cult iden­ti­fied at Göbekli Tepe

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Three carved skull frag­ments un­cov­ered at Göbekli Tepe fea­ture mod­i­fi­ca­tions not seen be­fore among hu­man re­mains of the time, re­searchers say. Thus, th­ese mod­i­fied skull frag­ments could point to a new ‘skull cult’ - or rit­ual group - from the Ne­olithic pe­riod.

Each skull had in­ten­tional deep in­ci­sions along its sagit­tal axes and one of those skulls also dis­played a drilled hole in the left pari­etal bone, as well as red ochre rem­nants.

By us­ing dif­fer­ent mi­cro­scopic tech­niques to an­a­lyse the frag­ments, it was ver­i­fied that the carv­ings were ex­e­cuted us­ing lithic tools, thus rul­ing out nat­u­ral causes, like an­i­mal gnaw­ing.

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