Ochre and hide-working at a Natufian burial place

Laure Dubreuil*, Leore Grosman

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Particular stones found on Epi-Palaeolithic sites in the Levant are thought to be for grinding vegetable matter and to be essential instruments in the development of food processing. Finding an assemblage of these tools in a burial cave, the authors ask a harder question: could they have been used for processing hides with ochre? Use-wear analysis allows a positive verdict, and so the tools take their place in the ritual apparatus associated with burial.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)935-954
Number of pages20
Issue number322
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Burial site
  • Epi-Palaeolithic
  • Ground stones
  • Hilazon Tachtit cave
  • Natufian
  • Ochre
  • Southern Levant
  • Thirteenth millennium BP
  • Use-wear


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