General Information

Site Name: Tabun

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Site Type: cave

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Discovery Year: 1929

First Description: Garrod & Bate 1937

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Country: Israel

General Location Description: The cave Mugharat-et-Tabun lies on the left side of the valley Wadi-el-Mugharat, in 63m height. This site is only 150-200m away from Mugharat-et-Skhul of the Mount Carmel. About 19km S of Haifa.


Latitude (WGS84): 32.67° N

Longitude (WGS84): 34.966° E

Altitude: 63m

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Bibliography: Mercier & Valladas 2003; McDermott et al. 1993b; Coppa et al. 2005; Bordes 1984

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Linked Pages:
Israel - Neanderthal

Wikipedia_Tabun Cave


Additional Content

Lost infant? In the recently rediscovered archive of Dorrothy Garrod a letter has been found that mentions the remains of a child, which should have lied directly next to the humerus of Tabun 1 (Smith et al. 1997). However, it is not clear, whether this was a misinterpretation of faunal remains or whether there was indeed the skeleton of a child that has been lost or destroyed during the excavation (for details see Bar-Yosef & Callander 1999: 881).


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