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"Off with their heads": skull removal in the prehistoric Near East (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Nigel Goring-Morris. Anna Belfer-Cohen.

While there is a huge difference in every aspect of existence between simple human societies, i.e. hunter-gatherers and complex ones, i.e. industrial groups, the head is always considered as the residing place of the essential part of what defines ‘us’ as rational human beings at the individual level. One may thus assume that this was the case also in prehistoric times, which at least partially explains the special treatment of heads that one can observe through millennia, from the...