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The mysterious necklace of a funeral trousseau in the Caves of Nerja

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Updated:01/08/2020 01:16h

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The Cueva de Nerja Foundation has announced that remains of a marble bead necklace belonging to a funeral trousseau, possibly from the Neolithic, perfectly circular pieces that were bathed in red pigment.

Discoidal accounts do not exceed 4 millimeters in diameter and they have been found in a small diverticulum during the work carried out under the General Cave Research Project and by the Nerja Cave Research Institute.

Some of the accounts are arranged as if they were still strung on the thread, practically in the position in which they were deposited accompanying the deceased, possibly at some point in time. Neolithic.

He owner of the necklace It could have been a child judging by some teeth and bones of the hand found next to the circular pieces and which also appear stained with red dye.

Drawn on the wall, along with the remains of the burial and its trousseau, there are two oblique lines drawn equally with red pigment, as well as marks of this painting that «are contemporary or not, could be part of the rpaleolithic epertory and they reveal a strong symbolic load of the rock manifestations ”, according to the Foundation.

The Cave of Nerja, throughout the whole of the low galleries, open to public visits, functioned for much of Recent Prehistory (Neolithic and Chalcolithic) as a space to carry out funeral activities.

Since its discovery, one of the aspects that received the most media attention was the use of the cave as a necropolis.

In fact, the young discoverers stopped their first exploration in the ghost room, on two fossilized skeletons whose dating could agree with the last occupations of the cave.

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