When did we start burying our dead?

29th July 2010

Asked by: RICHARD POWELL, LEATHERHEAD

We can’t be sure, although the oldest known burial took place about 130,000 years ago. Burying the dead is perhaps the earliest form of religious practice and suggests people were concerned about what happens after death. There’s evidence that Neanderthals buried their dead along with tools and bones. 

GOT A QUESTION?
Scratching your head over a burning scientific conundrum? submit your question and we'll get our esteemed panel of experts to answer it for you.