Los Canes Mesolithic burials: archaeothanatology



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Drak Hernández, Labib and Garralda Benajes, María Dolores and Arias, P. (2020) Los Canes Mesolithic burials: archaeothanatology. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 32 (102381). pp. 1-9. ISSN Electronic: 2352-409X

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Los Canes cave (Asturias, Northern Spain) is an outstanding site with traces of human occupation from the Solutrean to the Bronze Age. It consists of a very narrow cavity with three Late Mesolithic funerary structures, dating to the sixth millennium cal BC. The human remains found in these graves were studied in this paper from an archaeothanatological perspective. We considered the positions of the bodies and the causes of the displacement of several bones from their anatomical connections. This study discusses whether these inhumations correspond to primary or secondary burials. We conclude that they were primary graves, with traces of reuse in some cases. The dispersion of several bones may be explained by taphonomic factors and intensive utilization of the cave as a funerary space. Los Canes burials confirm the diversity found across the European Mesolithic funerary world and enhance our knowledge of the last hunter-gatherers in the Iberian Peninsula.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Archaeothanatology; Field Anthropology; Mesolithic Burial; Funerary structures; Primary inhumation; Iberian Peninsula
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Biological anthropology
ID Code:63810
Deposited On:01 Feb 2021 10:30
Last Modified:01 Feb 2021 14:56

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