HaYonim Cave

HaYonim Cave
מערת היונים
location in Israel
Location Upper Galilee
Region Israel
Coordinates 32°55′12.32″N 35°13′5.75″E / 32.9200889°N 35.2182639°E / 32.9200889; 35.2182639Coordinates: 32°55′12.32″N 35°13′5.75″E / 32.9200889°N 35.2182639°E / 32.9200889; 35.2182639
Periods Middle Paleolithic
Cultures Mousterian

HaYonim Cave (Hebrew: מערת היונים, Me'arat HaYonim, lit. Cave of the Pigeons) is a cave located in a limestone bluff about 250 meters above modern sea level, in the Upper Galilee, Israel.


The site had substantial occupation during the Middle Paleolithic Mousterian period, from 250,000 years ago to 100,000 years ago, and later, during the Neolithic period and the Natufian culture around 12,000 years ago.[1]

The Mousterian occupation of the cave included Levallois debitage and early Middle Paleolithic blade technology, as well as a series of hearths.

The Natufian occupation of the cave featured circular rooms with prepared floors, with a thick midden of lithics, groundstone objects, and worked bone. There were several hearths, and single graves located in abandoned rooms or outside inhabited rooms.

See also


  1. 'Quantitative Phytolith Study of Hearths from the Natufian and Middle Paleolithic Levels of Hayonim Cave, (Galilee, Israel)' Journal of Archaeological Science 30, pages 461-480., Albert, Rosa M., Ofer Bar-Yosef, Liliane Meignen, and Steve Weiner 2003

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