Huchet_2014_p329-346
Insect remains and their traces: relevant fossil witnesses in the reconstruction of past funerary practices - Huchet - 2014 - ANTHROPOLOGIE
 

ANTHROPOLOGIE
International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
 
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'Huchet J-B, 2014: Insect remains and their traces: relevant fossil witnesses in the reconstruction of past funerary practices. Anthropologie (Brno) 52, 3: 329-346'.
 
Abstract
The combination of archaeoentomological and forensic analyses, known as "Funerary Archaeoentomology", yields important new insights into our knowledge of past burial practices: secondary body handling, taphonomy of the grave, delayed burial, grave reopening and anthropogenic mummification processes. After a detailed review of the sampling methods for insect remains retrieval, diagnostic identification criteria for the archaeoentomofauna are provided for a better understanding and interpretation of grave taphocenosis. The second part of this paper highlights how the ichnological approach, namely the study of trace fossils present on bones and on some various exogenous materials present in the grave, proved to be an efficient new tool to improve our knowledge of pre- and post-depositional taphonomic processes.
 
Keywords
Archaeoentomology - Burial practices - Taphonomy - Ichnoarchaeology - Mineralization - Bone modification
 
 
 
 

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