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Plastered skull, from Jericho, Israel, about 7000-6000 BCE.    Jericho, one of the first large human settlements, cherished and preserved their dead within the foundations of their homes. After death, family would bury the body, revisit it, and eventually remove the skull (sans lower jaw) and model clay and plaster to mimic fleshed appearance of their ancestor. Often, cowrie shells were used to imitate eyes, and bitumen was used to accentuate the eye sockets.

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Plastered skull, Jericho, Israel, about BC

Neolithic plastered skull, from Jericho, c. 7000 B.C.

Neolithic skull covered in plaster after the body is exhumed from the grave a year after its burial to bring the dead to life

The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a “sword in the stone” kingship ritual. The perpetuation of the importance of the “sword in the stone,” which comes from Arthurian legend, demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

The Mullamast Stone, from Ireland. Four blade marks, left side; two deep ones on top, suggest stone's possible use in “sword in the stone” kingship ritual from Arthurian legend.

The sarcophagus mummy of an Egyptian man named Nes-pa-qa-shuti, in the photo above, was found in a necropolis at Akhmim, and important site in Egypt with ties to the royal families. He dates back to about 650 B.C.

The sarcophagus mummy of an Egyptian man named Nes-pa-qa-shuti, in the photo above, was found in a necropolis at Akhmim, and important site in Egypt with ties to the royal families. He dates back to about 650 B.We had his sarcophagus at OMSI!

Skeleton, 2,000 years old, with large ceremonial flint knife, at the Remedello Sotto cemetery just south of the Italian Alps, where 124 tombs were excavated in the 19th-century

Kenneth Garrett - 2000 Year Old Skeleton, Remedello Sotto Cemetery - Fine Art Print

Such haunting eyes

tintype of Camilla

Nabatean artifact.    Pergamon Museum ( Berlin ). Exhibition "Roads of Arabia": Head of a statue ( 4th/3rd century BC ), red sandstone with traces of tar.

Exhibition "Roads of Arabia": Head of a statue century BCE), red sandstone with traces of tar.

A CELTIC STONE HEAD, this stone head sold in a recent auction at Christies for £9, 375, I think its priceless.

A CELTIC STONE HEAD, this stone head sold in a recent auction at Christies for I think its priceless.

More on Gallic chariot tomb discovered in France.  Champagne-Ardenne is famous for such funerary practices, which are generally dated to the start of the second Iron Age (5th-4th century B.C.). Two horses buried in the grave [Credit: © Denis Gliksman/Inrap]

More on Gallic chariot tomb discovered in France. Champagne-Ardenne is famous for such funerary practices, which are generally dated to the start of the second Iron Age century B. Two horses buried in the grave [Credit: © Denis Gliksman/Inrap]

Mammoth. This 37 mm long, 7.5 gram figurine, made from mammoth ivory, is some 35 000 years old. It is one of the oldest pieces of art ever found.

firsttimeuser: “de-salva: figurine … Mammoth * This 37 mm long, gram figurine, made from mammoth ivory, is some 35 000 years old. It is one of the oldest pieces of art ever found.

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Haunted Antiquity Celtic British Iron Age Ceramic God by Timeslide, £1800.00

Excessively Rare Haunting Enigmatic Antiquity : Celtic British Iron Age Ceramic God Head Lugus 2nd Century BC

Antiquity Celtic British Iron Age Ceramic God Head by Timeslide,

Black Canaan: The first settlements | | Jericho Plaster Skull | 7000 BC

Plastered skull, From Jericho, Israel, about BC. Similarly plastered skulls have been found at sites in Palestine, Syria and Jordan.

This is Lydia Fairchild, and she is one of the rare people in the world known as human chimeras. When a fertilized egg meets another fertilized egg in the womb it has 2 choices: develop separately into fraternal twins, or absorb the competition. Chimeras occur when the twin is absorbed but doesn't die, instead continuing to live in your body. Thus one person carries 2 different set of genes, with random organs having your twin's DNA. Anyone could be a chimera without knowing it.

In a mother named Lydia Fairchild went to apply for public assistance in Washington state.

Head of a Man Wearing a Cap or Helmet, possibly 2nd–3rd century  Probably Great Britain and Ireland (Celtic)

Celtic: Head of a Man Wearing a Cap or Helmet, Celtic, possibly Cornish or Irish, circa - century CE.

This pot was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid buried for the past 800 years.

800-Year-Old Seeds Have Grown Into A History-Altering Plant

Archaeologists Dig Up An Native American Pot. What They Found Inside Is Changing History This pot was unearthed on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, where it had laid buried for the past 800 years.