Infant Burial from Tulaylat al-Ghassul

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 19 February 2019
Infant Burial from Tulaylat al-Ghassul

Jar burials occur in many cultures. In Jordan, the practice of sometimes burying infants in jars appeared in the Chalcolithic period, where the corpse would be placed in the fetal position inside a jar after breaking its rim. After that, it would be buried under the floor of the house. Did the jar symbolize the womb to which the infant returns or was it a convenient coffin? Was it buried under the floor to keep the deceased close to the family or was the weather then too bad for outdoor burial? Late Chalcolithic period, 3800-3600 BCE. From Tulaylat al-Ghassul, Joran. (The Jordan Museum, Amman, Jordan).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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