Taforalt

Taforalt

 

a grotto in the Beni-Snassen mountain massif, 55 km northwest of Oujda, Morocco. More than 30 burial sites were excavated here between 1951 and 1955; the burials are of the Upper Paleolithic Ibero-Maurusian culture, and their absolute age is between 10,000 and 12,000 years. Skeletal remains were found of almost 200 individuals of both sexes and of varying age. The people of Taforalt were anthropologically similar to some European inhabitants of the late Upper Paleolithic period.

REFERENCE

Ferembach, D., J. Dastugue, and M. J. Poitrat-Targowla. La Nécropole épipatéolithique de Taforalt. Rabat, 1962.
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Scientists analysed the dental condition of 52 skeletons discovered at the Grotte des Pigeons complex at Taforalt in eastern Morocco over the past decade.
Wild plant remains at Taforalt indicated that these Stone Age hunter-gatherers were frequently eating sweet acorns, pine nuts and pistachios, with snails too being popular.
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These data are downplayed by Neolithic archaeologists, like Colin Renfrew who refers to a sapient paradox when anatomically, and also culturally, the Palaeolithic people at Blombos and Taforalt may have had modern cognitive powers but they failed to do anything with them.
Nicknamed Luzia, the skull was analyzed in a report that cited the following locations for resemblance: skulls seen among early Australians, bones found in China's Zhoukoudien Upper Cave, and a set of African remains known as Taforalt 18.
The researchers have found 47 examples of Nassarius marine shells, most of them perforated and including examples covered in red ochre, at the Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt.
Aside from this latest discovery unearthing an even greater number of beads, the research team says the most striking aspect of the Taforalt discoveries is that identical shell types should appear in two such geographically distant regions.