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Plants in 14,000 year-old graves

Posted on by royvickery |

Researchers at Haifa University have found evidence that sage (Salvia), mint (Mentha) and figwort (Scrophularia) were used in ceremonial burials almost 14,000 years ago at the Raqefet Cave burial site in Israel. The plants are thought to have been used to mask the odour of decaying flesh, and prevent animals from digging up the corpses.
[Metro and Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2013].

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