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Mount Precipice

Mount Precipice is a mountain in the Nazareth Mountains that rise to a height of 397 meters above sea level. Mount Precipice is located in the south of the city of Nazareth; and it overlooks the Jezreel Valley to the south and Mount Tabor to the east. The origin of the name comes from the belief by some to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus described in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 4:29-30). According to the story; the people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain; but “he passed through the midst of them and went away.”

Amazing Prehistoric Finds in Mount Precipice


So Important remains of ancient humans were found in the Qafzeh cave also known as Kedumim cave at the foot of Mount Precipice. This is one of the earliest examples in the world of humans with modern anatomy. Excavations at the site were conducted in 1933; and intermittently between 1965 and 1979. Also, Firepits, stone vessels from the Mousterian Culture; human bones, and animal bones were discovered at the site; indicating that the cave was used both as a residence and as a burial site.

Moreover, the findings found on Mount Precipice included 13 complete skeletons, six of which belonged to adults and the rest to children. Furthermore, five humans were neatly buried in the cave ground, and two of them were buried for some reason with deer antlers. Moreover, red ochre was found only alongside the bones, suggesting that the burials were symbolic in nature. The remains date back to 85,000 to 100,000 years BC.

Moreover, human remains found in the cave were preserved at the Institut de paléontologie humaine (IPH) de Paris; and the largest part of Neville’s lithic series was preserved at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem. 

In fact, one such burial is of a 10 year old boy from the earliest of the Middle Paleolithic layers; who was buried in a rectangular grave carved out of the bedrock; with his arms folded alongside his body and his hands placed on either side of his neck. Deer horns were laid on his hands, probably constituting one of the offerings put in the grave. The boy’s skull bears signs of a head trauma that had probably been the cause of death

 

 

 

 

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Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

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