International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2023 (Vols. 1-61)
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'Moncel M-H, Condemi S, 2007: The Human Remains of the Site of Payre (S-E France, MIS 7-5). Remarks on Stratigraphic Position and Interest. Anthropologie (Brno) 45, 1: 19-29'.
Most of Neanderthal sites in Europe yielded only very small quantities of human remains. These often consist of resistant material, i.e. teeth and highly fragmented parts of the cranium and post-cranial skeleton. In southeastern France, the site of Payre, dated from MIS 7 and 5, illustrates this scarcity well. It has yielded 13 teeth and a fragment of parietal, spread all along the sequence. This paper is an attempt to characterize and discuss the stratigraphic context in which these human remains were found. In Payre, most remains were discovered close to each other in the level G, at the base of the sequence. The fact that such small and few remains were preserved inside karstic deposits is discussed in comparison with other sites in Europe: human deposition of bodies or carnivore actions. The situation at Payre is common during the Middle and Upper Pleistocene where no burials were attested.
Neanderthal Remains - Bone Dispersion - Post-Mortem Processes - Cave Deposits - Middle Paleolithic - Ardeche - Payre - France

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