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'D'Angelo del Campo MD, Audije-Gil J, Moreno Estefanell L, Carmen Nacarino-Meneses C,
García Gil O, Zapata Osorio S, Cambra-Moo Ó, González Martín A, 2017: An approach towards the effects of Muslim burial rite on skull preservation. Two cases from Hispanic-Muslim cemeteries. Anthropologie (Brno) 55, 3: 285-296'.
|For many years, researchers have been examining the multiple factors that influence the stage of bone
preservation. In this sense, many studies have faced this complex challenge by reviewing the stage of bone preservation
from different archaeological sites. The present study approaches the possible effect of the burial rites in postdepositional
body transformations through the analysis of the final stages of preservation. To accomplish this, we have analysed
the stages of preservation of adult skull bones (frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital) from two samples that come
from two Hispanic-Muslim cemeteries from different locations on the Iberian Peninsula and belongs to different periods.
Our results show that skull bones present a significant side dependence in their preservation stage, in which the occipital
bone seems to be less preserved than the other three skull bones which are usually in contact with the tomb soil.
Therefore, in this case, it could be asserted that a concrete extrinsic factor (skeletal position in Muslim burial rites) is
related to the signal described in bone completeness and in this stage of preservation.|
|Completeness ‒ Preservation ‒ Taphonomy ‒ Muslim burial rite|