Ancient history

Qafzeh | anthropological and archaeological site, Israel

Last updated:2022-07-25

Qafzeh , also Kafzeh written , paleoanthropological site south of Nazareth , Israel, where some of the oldest remains of modern humans in Asia have been found. More than 25 fossil Skeletons dating from about 90,000 years ago have been recovered. The site is a rock shelter first excavated in the early 1930's. Excavations continued in the 1960s and early 70s.

The remains, the largest group recorded so far for this period in the Middle East , were created using tools from the Middle Paleolithic found, usually with Neanderthals in Europe and Southwest Asia. The fossils closely resemble African ancestors and represent a brief foray by modern humans into Neanderthal-occupied lands during a warm period.