Origins of Man
ORIGIN OF PALEOLITHIC FUNERARY ARCHITECTURE
pit of a very young neanderthalian, lower Mousterian (middle
Paleolithic), at the site of Combe-Grenal (Dordogne,
see the three stones that were placed on the small corpse.
Paleolithic funeral architecture is littlke known. However, from the
moment when the internment of dead person in sleep position
initiated, the verified phases are:
the hole in the ground.
the hole in the ground covered with stone slabs.
3°) the hole in the ground, with small burial environment like square or rectangular-shaped box
, and this
what at the moment we can verify in the upper Paleolithic.
In the post-paleolithic ages, beyond the interment in the ground, an
architecture over the ground begins. The first gravels of this
type are the dolmen.
The funeral architecture becomes enormously rich
with the contribution of the techniques of working used for the lithic
The funeral architecture will be rupestrian, that is carved in the
rock, with squared monoliths as in the construction of the
pyramids; instead, in the forestal regions the wood was
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