1. 4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial

    4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial

    In one of the rock-cut tombs, archaeologists made a rare discovery: a jar full of bones from nine headless toads. The toads had been decapitated before they were buried with the dead, possibly as a way to prepare the animals to be "eaten." Finding a tomb that's been sealed for thousands of years is always a treat for archaeologists —especially when that tomb contains a jar of headless toads. That's what archaeologists discovered inside a 4,000-year-old burial in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday (Sept. 25). The excavators think the jar might have been a ...

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    1. It is impossible to determine what role the toads played, but they are clearly part of the funerary rituals.
    2. Food offerings are a staple of burial customs during this period, and there is a possibility that the toads were indeed placed in the jar as such.
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