Latamineh village …Unique archaeological site that chronicles early and middle stone ages

Hama, SANA- Latamineh village, north of Hama province, is one of the unique historical and archaeological sites in the world that chronicles the early and middle stone ages.

During excavations in different seasons at the site, the Syrian and foreign excavation expeditions have found a skeleton, bones, a fossil, and flint fragment dating back to a million years BC in the era that archaeologists call the Pleistocene era which extends from 3 million years to 10,000 BC.

Talking about the importance of Latamineh site, archeologist Nasir Flaihan says that it is considered as one of the most important and unique sites in the world as its formation dates back to the third Mousterian Pluvial period on the ruins of a human camp that has been well preserved within a layer of sand and silt deposited by the river.

Flaihan noted that this human camp was inhabited for a short time by a small group of pickers of wild fruits, hawthorn, almonds, pistachios, wild animal hunters such as the horses, deer, and rhinoceros, indicating that this group lived in the Orontes basin about half a million years ago.

He added that their weapons consisted of axes, machetes and scrapers, and they built their huts of stone and twigs and used fire as a means of warmth, light, protection and cooking.

On the other hand, Latamineh village is adjacent to Khattab village, in addition to Qarmashy site, where studies conducted by Syrian expeditions in the 1960s and published by a number of Syrian archaeological yearbooks have been written and written by many researchers about places of settlement for the first human dating back to 600-200 thousand BC.

It is noteworthy that the last expedition that carried out excavations in the region was Syria-Germany between the years 2004 and 2009 as it discovered that human settlement in Latamineh site took place around 400 and 200 thousand years BC.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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