Hey guys! How are you all doing? Hopefully you are doing as well as your mommy! It has been a very long couple of months and I should be home soon. I am sure no one has explained to you where I am located right now, so here are a couple maps for you.
My friends and I have a camp located by the Hyonim Cave in Israel. The Hyonim Cave is where we are doing our research. We are looking for a species of hominids called the Neanderthals. There have been many discoveries in the Manot Cave and the Kebara Cave, so we thought we would find something promising in our cave.
The first few weeks of our search we came out empty handed. We were pretty disappointed because we just wanted to find something. Anything. We were thinking about coming back home because we did not think we would come across anything. But, as were making our way back out of the cave, after hours for exploring, I had noticed an opening that none of us had seen before. We were all pretty tired and very hungry so we decided to go back to camp and go back to the cave in the morning.
The following morning, we all got up extra early and headed into the cave. It took us a little bit to get back to the opening we found the day before. As we got into the opening, we noticed some areas on the floor that had hearths. I know you are wondering what that is. A hearth is the place where old hominids used to burn things, and cook. John D. Speth claims “most of the hearths, whether on the surface or in basins, are round to oval features and average 30cm to 60cm in diameter. However, some hearths are much larger, with diameters exceeding 80cm to 100cm” (pg. 175, Speth). There were quite a few of these and they were all rather larger. I would say about 7...
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...ibly jewelry that was probably buried with them, most likely with the mother. This also means there could have been a ceremonial burial and a type of spirituality. Neanderthals were thought to be dumb and stupid, but with this type of information, such as the jewelry, we are learning that Neanderthals could be a lot more intelligent than previously thought. It is very exciting news.
So on an ending note, we are still going to be searching for more bones and we are really hoping to find some rock art. I am very confident that we will come across more exciting finds in this cave. I will most likely be home very soon to see you guys. Something fun you can do in the mean time is to search for some facts about Neanderthals and share it with me when I return home. I will write you again as soon as possible. I love you so much and I will see you soon!
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