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Jericho Plastered Skull

Jericho Plastered Skull

During the Pre-pottery Neolithic, the dead were treated in a variety of ways.  Sometimes, after a body had decayed, the skull was removed and covered in plaster, molded to reconstruct the facial features. The eyes were often represented by inlays of shell (as here) or stone. The practice of plastering skulls was widespread and is found in sites throughout the Levant.

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