Big eats from a 12,000-year-old burial

Big eats from a 12,000-year-old burial

Communal feasting may have existed prior to farming’s invention

By Bruce Bower, 13:18 PM August 30, 2010

Nacho-fueled Super Bowl bashes and multi-course wedding banquets may hark back to a time when preagricultural people devoured wild animal meat at their comrades’ gravesides.

That’s what happened 12,000 years ago at Hilazon Tachtit cave in Israel, say zooarchaeologist Natalie Munro of the University of Connecticut in Storrs and archaeologist Leore Grosman of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At least 35 members of the Natufian culture gathered there to chow down on wild tortoise meat at the bu...

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