Neanderthal Burial Ceremony

When compared with the traditions and beliefs of today’s cultures, the Neanderthals share several similarities.

  • Sites have been uncovered that reveal family graves, much like the designated grave plots of current families.
  • Discoveries of different types of pollen indicate that they buried their dead with flowers. In studying the surrounding ground of the strata, no other such ancient flower remains were found which rules out the possibility that the flowers grew there naturally.
  • Also, it appears that the Neanderthals believed in life after death. Locations have been found with evidence of food and tools buried with the corpse.

Figure 5: Neanderthal burial

Neanderthal Culture