Skull Of A Child


Tentative excavations took place at the Dederyeh cave in 1989 and 1990; the research yielded the remains of a Neanderthal child, about two years old. And a second (partial) skeleton was found in 1997-1998, in a pit of 70 cm by 50 cm, filled in with fine brown dirt in which flint were found. Researchers concluded that the child was intentionally buried. In all the remains of up to fifteen individuals have been found, in the Middle Paleolithic layers of the cave, More than half of them were children.

The skull that we have here is from the skeleton of a two-year-old Neanderthal. The leg bones of this child are about the same length as those of a modern two-year-old, indicating that this young Neanderthal was growing at a modern human rate. The item is estimated between 80 to 50 thousand years old.

Neanderthals also NeandertalsHomo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) are an extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans who lived in Eurasia until about 40,000 years ago. They most likely went extinct due to competition with, or extermination by, immigrating European early modern humans or due to great climatic change, disease, or a combination of these factors

  • Excavated from: Dederiyeh – Aleppo Gov

  • Date: 80,000 to 50,000 BC

  • Material: Bone

  • Item Dimensions: 15 cm (H)

  • Archaeological Mission: Syrian – Japanese Archaeological Mission – Takeru Akazawa – 1993

  • National Museum Of Damascus (2011)

  • Index Code: Dam 0190

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