ANTHROPOLOGIE
International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
 
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'Aoudia L, Bocquentin F, Lubell D, Jackes M, 2014: Dislocated anatomical blocks: a complex funerary treatment from Capsian context. Anthropologie (Brno) 52, 3: 319-328'.
 
Abstract
Skeleton 3A-1 at A?oun Bériche (also known as Site 12), a Capsian escargoti?re in eastern Algeria testifies to a complex treatment prior to burial. A study of the skeleton and the field records through the lens of archaeothanatology allows a more detailed interpretation of the burial than previously published. Osteological analysis revealed the presence of cutmarks on different bones of the skeleton. The location of these cutmarks near major joints (neck, elbow, and knee) shows that the intention of the cutting operation was to partition off the body into pieces. Archaeothanatological analysis provides evidence that these operations were conducted promptly after death as well as the deposit in earth of the partitioned body into "anatomical dislocated blocks". This very specific treatment is not a unique case and appears, on the contrary, to play an important part in the Capsian funerary identity.
 
Keywords
Capsian grave - Complex pre-burial treatment - Dislocated anatomical blocks - Cutmarks - Northwest Africa
 
 
 
 

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