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Throughout the course of human history anthropological findings have assisted archeologists in creating an excellent archeological record Findings such as burial ceremonialism and certain behaviors that accompany this humanlike ritual are factors that may aid archeologists in the creation of past records Through the ritual of burial ceremonialism of our ancestors we are able to determine certain behaviors that may have been expressed by the participants Such examples are our ancestors view of death its significance and the mere fact that they exhibited humanlike practices Thus helping determine how similar they may have been to usArcheologists have determined that the first group of ancestors to show any type of ritual burial ceremonialism was the Neandertals At sites such as Le Moustier La Chapelle-aux-Saints and La Ferrassie in France Teshik-Tash in Uzbekistan Shanindar in Iraq and Amud Tabun and Kebara in Israel there is evidence that shows that the Neandertals buried their dead in the ground 175 It would have been much easier for the Neandertals to discard of their dead by ignoring it or leaving it in the woods or forest to be decomposed by natural processes and scavenging animals This would then have shown that the Neandertals did not recognize the significance of death but instead Neandertals took it upon themselves to ceremonially bury their dead Not only were the dead buried in the ground but a certain position was assumed which consisted of a flexed form in which their knees were drawn up to their chest and their arms bend in an upward position 175 One postulate as to why the Neandertals used this position was to mimic the position of the fetus in the womb which may have been used to symbolize death as the end of the circle of life 176 Other forms have been found as well An example of this is a skeleton of a Neandertal male which was found in Kebara Cave in Israel This skeleton was
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