From the skeleton to the funerary architecture: a logic of the plausible - Blaizot - 2014 - ANTHROPOLOGIE

International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2018 (Vols. 1-56)
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Vol. 57, issue 1/2019 is in preparation.

World Archaeological Congres 9

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'Blaizot F, 2014: From the skeleton to the funerary architecture: a logic of the plausible. Anthropologie (Brno) 52, 3: 263-284'.
This paper proposes to explain the analytical approach that led to the interpretation of the original funerary deposits of a large early middle age cemetery (Les Ruelles, at Serris, France), exhaustively excavated over 20 hectares. By means of a classification of the taphonomic anomalies, linked to archaeological data from the sepulchral pits in this series, it has been possible to define the constrictions exerted on the skeleton by the architecture of the grave, and to understand some of the conditions of destruction of perishable materials, and thus to make propositions for the original fittings. We discuss the difficulties associated with the reconstruction of a precise architecture, within a variety of plausible shapes.
Archaeothanatology - Funerary architecture - Placing of the dead - Early Middle Age burials

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