International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Strouhal E, 1986: Demographic Analysis of Multiple and Clustered Burials at Wadi Qitna, Egyptian Nubia. Anthropologie (Brno) 24, 2-3: 249-256'.
Demographic data were used to decipher the significance of two different types of joint burials, which have occurred in the tumuli cemetery at Wadi Qitna, in more than half of the burials. Ten empirical types of multiple burials, arranged into three interpretative types, expressed exclusively relations among members of a monogamous family. Small tumulus clusters, showing 12 empirical types transformed into five interpretative types, as well as large tumulus clusters, brought additional evidence for the existence of polygamous unions as well as for sequences of more nuclear families spanning over generations and including collateral relationships. Moreover, it has been proved that multiple burials were mostly successive, simultaneous deaths being rare. The curious dominance of females over males could be explained by polygamy, a characteristic feature of the whole population and especially of the burials in tumulus clusters.
Demography - Multiple Burials - Clustered Burials - Successive Burials - Simultaneous Burials - Monogamy - Polygamy - Minimum Lineage

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