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Jebel Irhoud
Adrar Ighud
Jebel Irhoud 1. Homo Sapiens, dated close to 300,000-315,000 years old
Jebel Irhoud-1, dated 286±32 kya Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Alternate name جبل إيغود
Location East of Safi.
Region Morocco
Height 592 m
Periods Lower Paleolithic
Associated with Homo sapiens
Site notes
Excavation dates 1991

Jebel Irhoud (or Adrar Ighud, Berber: Adrar n Iɣud) is an archaeological site. It is just north of Tlet Ighoud, about 50 km (30 mi) south-east of Safi in Morocco.

The site is noted for the hominin fossils that have been found there since its discovery in 1960. Originally thought to be Neanderthals, the specimens have since been assigned to Homo sapiens and have been dated to roughly 300,000 years ago (286±32 ka for the Irhoud 3 mandible, 315±34 ka based on other fossils and the flint artefacts found nearby).

Stone tools from Jebel Irhoud
Stone tools found at Jebel Irhoud

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