9,000-year-old staff with carved faces found in Syria

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Admin

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A staff featuring two carved human faces has been found at Tell Qarassa in southern Syria.

The roughly 9,000-year-old artifact was discovered near a graveyard where about 30 people were buried without their heads — which were found in a nearby living space.

“The find is very unusual. It’s unique,” said study co-author Frank Braemer, an archaeologist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France.

The wand, which was likely used in a long-lost funeral ritual, is one of the only naturalistic depictions of human faces from this time and place, Braemer said.

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Story: Tia Ghose, Live Science | Photo: Ibanez et al, Antiquity, 2014

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