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Evidence for Previously Unknown Mortuary Practices in the Southwest of France (Fournol, Lot) during the Gravettian

Villotte, Sébastien, Crépin, Laurent, Rué, Mathieu, Bocaege, Emmy, Le Luyer, Mona, Madelaine, Stéphane, Caverne, Jean-Baptiste, Morala, André (2019) Evidence for Previously Unknown Mortuary Practices in the Southwest of France (Fournol, Lot) during the Gravettian. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 27 . Article Number 101959. ISSN 0305-4403. (doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.101959) (KAR id:75642)

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European Mid Upper Paleolithic mortuary practices have been traditionally associated with primary burials, ochre, body ornaments and grave goods. Recently, evidence of the post-mortem treatment of skeletal remains, such as the displacement and removal of skeletal elements, has been reported for the Gravettian period in the Southwest of France. Here, we present the preliminary results of anthropological and taphonomic analyses of the human remains from the Gravettian site of Fournol (Soturac, Lot, France). We describe the first evidence of the scalping and disarticulation of human remains, a previously unknown post-mortem treatment in Gravettian contexts from the South West of France.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.101959
Uncontrolled keywords: Mortuary practices; Mid Upper Paleolithic; post-mortem treatment, cut marks; Cannibalism.
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Emmy Bocaege
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 15:17 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:06 UTC
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