Neanderthals, back when the Homo Heidelbergensis existed. Many of those very same people, that date this process further back, also speculate that these humanoid creatures simply buried their dead for secular reasons - like to keep additional wildlife from wandering into their area/camp.
For contrast, the image I used for this post is demonstrating a "sky
burial." Yeah, I thought it would be a good idea to show another type of
burial ceremony that doesn't involve digging any holes in the ground.
Personally, I don't give this stuff much weight. Whether you are
shredded into space manure and ejected out of a spaceship while in deep
space or you are cremated or buried deep underground in a gold casket,
it won't affect what may or may not await thee. LOL!
Image Credit: Bing Image Search using the 'free to use & share' function.
---End of Post "First Human Burials for Spiritual or Secular reasons?"