International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2023 (Vols. 1-61)
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'Duday H, Le Mort F, Tillier A-m, 2014: Archaeothanatology and funeral archaeology. Application to the study of primary single burials. Anthropologie (Brno) 52, 3: 235-246'.
In funeral archaeology, to understand a burial is to bear in mind, above all, that skeletons were once corpses. The process by which a corpse is transformed into a skeleton is one of the key questions when excavating burials. Detailed field osteological observations are essential to the restitution of the environment in which the body decay took place. In this paper, special attention is given to primary deposits, with a presentation of few archaeological examples which document distinct characteristics of the space surrounding the corpse. It is through a multiplication of reflections developed on different sites and contexts that archaeothanatology will refine its analytical methods and widen the scope of its contribution.
Funerary archaeology - Archaeothanatology - Primary deposit - Body decay - Taphonomy

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