Sites & cities that bear the name of Manot Cave

Manot Cave

Today in : Israel
First trace of activity : ca. 44,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 31,000 B.C.E
Recorded names : מערת מנות‎, Me'arat Manot

Description : Manot Cave (Hebrew: מערת מנות‎ Me'arat Manot) is a cave in Western Galilee, Israel, discovered in 2008. It is notable for the discovery of a skull that belongs to a modern human, called Manot 1, which is estimated to be 54,700 years old. The partial skull was discovered at the beginning of the cave's exploration in 2008. Its significance was realised after detailed scientific analysis, and was first published in an online edition of Nature on 28 January 2015. This age implies that the specimen is the oldest known human outside Africa, and is evidence that modern humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals. The cave is also noted for its "impressive archaeological record of flint and bone artefacts". Geologically, it is an "active stalactite cave".

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